We work with trusted partners including Americares, Heart to Heart International, Mercy Ships and Direct Relief on the front lines of care to help communities by coordinating product donations, and through programs that help communities recover, rebuild and become resilient. In the immediate aftermath of any major disaster, our response includes providing an array of our Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices and Consumer Health products, as well as monetary donations and support to help people and communities recover mentally and physically. Our approach is to stay closely connected with our partners and colleagues to assess what needs may arise in the long term and determine how we can support them. See our Position on Disaster Relief.
In 2020, much of our emergency and relief effort was focused on supporting communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. See our section United in Defeating COVID-19. However, we also supported communities struck by disaster, including:
- Earthquakes in Puerto Rico: Southwestern Puerto Rico was struck by a series of over 2,000 earthquakes in late 2019 and early 2020, devastating communities and demolishing homes and buildings, forcing roughly 7,500 people to look for other kinds of shelter, including cars and tents.
- Explosion in Lebanon: In the aftermath of the devastating blast in Beirut in August, we donated $500,000 for relief efforts, and partnered extensively in the region with local NGOs including the Lebanese Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), UNICEF, Save the Children, and the International Rescue Committee to provide hygiene kits and help support the affected communities. We also contributed to the establishment of free mental health walk-in clinics and a 24/7 hotline.
- Hurricanes Eta and Iota in Latin America: We partnered with colleagues and relief organizations such as the Red Cross in Latin America to offer cash support for local communities affected by damage caused by Hurricanes Eta and Iota in Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama and Colombia. We also shipped thousands of Johnson & Johnson hygiene kits to Honduras.
- Hurricanes in North America: In the aftermath of Hurricane Laura that hit Louisiana, we partnered with several organizations to distribute Johnson & Johnson’s One Child One Blanket kits and thousands of hygiene kits and Medical Mission Packs. Employees volunteered to provide storage containers, tarps, water and other supplies, and assisted in clean-up efforts. We continued these activities in response to Hurricanes Delta and Zeta that followed the path of Laura within months, causing further disruption and damage.
- Forest fires in North America: Following the deadly wildfires that raged in California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, we partnered with Direct Relief to support affected communities by distributing hygiene products and protective equipment.