Red Cross Stories : Americas

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Aerial view of Hurricane Dorian

Bahamas suffers extensive damage, Red Cross helps

September 02, 2019 - Hurricane Dorian, a category 5 hurricane, has caused extensive and devastating damage across the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama in the Bahamas, according to initial assessments from authorities and Red Cross officials on the ground.

Hurricane Florence Volunteers

Red Cross responding to devastation caused by Hurricane Florence

September 14, 2018 - The Canadian Red Cross is ready to assist as Hurricane Florence wreaks havoc in the United States.  

Health center, Maribal, Haiti

The Canadian Red Cross is facilitating access to healthcare in remote areas of Haiti

January 11, 2018 - Marbial is a large neighbourhood in Jacmel, the area of Southeast Haiti where the Canadian Red Cross built a health centre as part of the integrated health program that was implemented after the earthquake on January 12, 2010.

A Dominica Red Cross aid worker uses a satellite phone

After the storm: Red Cross assisting recovery in wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria

October 17, 2017 - The Red Cross Red Crescent continues working with National Societies in each country and territory to support affected communities hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria and provide humanitarian aid.

Red Cross on the ground responding to earthquakes in Mexico.

Red Cross responds to Mexico earthquake

September 20, 2017 - A strong earthquake struck central Mexico on September 19th at approximately 1:15pm local time 12 kilometers southeast of Axochiapan in the state of Morelos. Preliminary reports indicate several buildings in Mexico City and Puebla have suffered serious damage, collapsed bridges and damage to basic infrastructure.

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Red Cross on the ground responding to Hurricane Irma

September 13, 2017 - One of the strongest hurricanes to hit the Caribbean in recent history, Irma’s torrential rains and winds have flooded towns and roads, and destroyed homes and buildings. More than 1.2 million people across the Caribbean have been exposed to its effects so far.

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Red Cross prepared to respond to Hurricane Irma

September 05, 2017 - The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is preparing for a major humanitarian response as Hurricane Irma moves towards the Caribbean.


Family in a Red Cross shelter

Red Cross responds to devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey

August 28, 2017 - The threat from Hurricane Harvey is far from over as extremely dangerous flooding continues in Texas and parts of Louisiana. The American Red Cross is working around the clock to provide safe shelter and comfort for the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by this disaster. 

Woman on a beach applies insect repellent to her skin

For Canadian travellers planning winter getaways south, Zika precautions remain

January 16, 2017 - As many Canadian travellers consider or prepare for winter getaways, the battle against Zika virus is not yet over. While it is no longer a public health emergency, Zika continues to represent an important public health challenge in the Americas and travellers should take precautions. 

After Hurricane Matthew, the Red Cross responds to cholera

November 24, 2016 - The Government of Haiti, along with partner organizations including the Red Cross, is responding with a vaccination and education campaign to prevent the spread of cholera.