PQMD Members Respond to Historic West Virginia Flooding

PQMD Members Respond to Historic West Virginia Flooding

On June 23, West Virginia was hit with a series of devastating flash floods, leading to at least 23 deaths, making it the deadliest flooding in the state since 1985, and deadliest in the country since 2010. Torrential rains led to wide-spread flooding, power-outages, and the shut-down of more than 60 roads (many of which were swept away during the storm).

PQMD members were swift to respond with medical and relief supplies critical to supporting affected counties and families during this time, in addition to cash donations in support of those efforts.

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Volunteers with Direct Relief unload and distribute medical supplies in response to West Virginia floods. (source: Direct Relief)

PQMD member relief efforts include:

  • Sanofi – providing vaccines and insulin to both AmeriCares and Direct Relief
  • Johnson & Johnson – providing hygiene kits, blankets and cash grants to AmeriCares and Heart to Heart International, and partnering with Direct Relief to deploy pharmaceuticals
  • Abbott – providing nutrition products to the Mountaineer Food Bank in Gassaway, WV, and working directly with Feeding America
  • AbbVie – providing product, as well as a $15,000 cash grant from the Foundation to Heart to Heart International in support of their Mobile Medical Unit
  • AmeriCares – distributing first aid supplies and 1,500 hygiene kits, as well as insulin and vaccines for West Virginia Health Right, a free clinic located in Charleston, WV
  • Heart to Heart International – providing hygiene kits, sunscreen, and other related items also to West Virginia Health Right, in addition to providing logistical & supply support to the clinic; Heart to Heart also deployed their Mobile Medical Unit and partnered with medical providers from WV Health Right Clinic to provide direct medical care in several communities to residents and relief workers
  • Direct Relief – supplying four health centers and clinics with more than $1 million of Rx medications, vaccines, diabetic supplies and insulin, and personal care items, along with emergency medical kits designed to equip health facilities with the medicines resources required to meet the needs of patients
  • World Vision – World Vision West Virginia has delivered 82 pallets of gifts-in-kind and supplies as of June 30; continued support to include hygiene items, diapers, generators, and cleaning supplies, and support staff for an anticipated 3-month response

Still more members are involved by donating medical supplies directly to relief organizations, including: AstraZeneca, Baxter, BD, Boehringer Ingelheim, GSK, Henry Schein, Medtronic, Merck, Pfizer, and Takeda.

“Our members are committed to helping those in need, and a devastating event such as this makes clear just how important their work is not only abroad, but within the country as well,” said PQMD Executive Director Elizabeth Ashbourne. “Members continue to monitor the situation in West Virginia, and support ongoing relief efforts in the weeks and months to come.”

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