Hurricane Ian made landfall on the southwest coast of Florida in late September as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, with sustained winds of 150+ mph and an historic storm surge, heavy rains and extensive flooding that cost billions in damages and took about 150 lives. At the request of the state, International Medical Corps responded.
Given extensive damage to power, water and healthcare infrastructure, especially in counties where large numbers of the population are elderly and were unable to flee the storm, the Florida Department of Health asked International Medical Corps to deploy a mobile medical unit (MMU) and clinical team to provide outpatient services to people in affected communities.
Our MMU delivered care to more than 250 people in the immediate area, while our mobile clinical teams conducted community engagement and wellness checks in surrounding neighbourhoods, reaching an additional 230 households with information about healthcare and other recovery services.
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