Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Supports Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts in the Southeast U.S.

September 15, 2018

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he Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation is supporting emergency relief effort in the southeastern United States following Hurricane Florence, which made landfall in North Carolina on September 14.  The storm is slowly moving across the Carolinas, causing widespread flooding, destroying homes and forcing thousands of residents to flee.  

A rescue team from the North Carolina National Guard 1/120th battalion evacuates a family as the rising floodwaters from Hurricane Florence threatens their home in New Bern, N.C., on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Seward)

The Foundation is donating $50,000 to two long-time partners in disaster relief efforts, Americares and the American Red Cross.  The funds will provide desperately needed basic supplies and medical care for survivors.

“The emergency responders are doing everything possible to rescue and assist the people impacted by Hurricane Florence, but much more still needs to be done,” says John Damonti, president, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation.  “The Foundation is working quickly to provide financial support to our partners to help get much needed supplies and medical care to the impacted communities to help alleviate the suffering.”

The Foundation is working quickly to provide financial support to our partners to help get much needed supplies and medical care to the impacted communities to help alleviate the suffering.

Even as the storm has been blamed for several deaths, the full toll of the hurricane remains unclear. Officials warned that the danger was far from over, saying that the flooding in the Carolinas is unlikely to recede quickly, potentially forcing many more people from their homes and causing billions of dollars in damages. 

The Foundation and its disaster relief partners will continue to diligently monitor the situation to provide support as needed.