2018 Best Disaster Response and Community Resilience Program Finalists

Fresenius Medical Care North America

For the more than 450,000 people in the U.S. who require life-sustaining dialysis treatment multiple times a week to treat end-stage renal disease, natural disasters can be particularly dangerous.

During the 2017 disaster season, Fresenius Medical Care North America executed a comprehensive relief strategy as several hurricanes and fires struck some of their largest patient bases. The company provided dialysis treatment to anyone requiring services—regardless of their normal care site or provider—also supplying patients with essentials such as renal-diet appropriate food kits, water, fuel, emergency information, medicine, and transportation.

Fresenius Medical Care North America’s disaster relief leveraged deep knowledge of the kidney health community, partnerships with national and local emergency and government entities, and logistics expertise to support patients and employees.


Every day, 69 million children attend daycare centers or school. Despite this, children’s institutions may not have the resources and capacity to provide nontraumatic sheltering and evacuation services, as well as critical short- and long-term support to aid in successful response and recovery.

In partnership with the National Center for Disaster Preparedness and Save the Children, GSK developed the Resilient Children/Resilient Community initiative to assist populations in the wake of disasters and strengthen community resilience.

The initiative developed a free, online toolbox to provide resources for communities to prepare for emergencies and improve their ability to help children quickly return to a sense of normalcy. The Resilient Children/Resilient Community initiative began in two pilot communities which are now prepared to support more than 76,000 children in their care.

Johnson & Johnson

In 2017, Puerto Rico was hit with its most severe hurricane in 80 years. Hurricane Maria demonstrated the devastating implications of natural disasters and a demand for Johnson & Johnson to help communities anticipate, respond, and adapt during a crisis.

Johnson & Johnson ramped up its Crisis Management Office to coordinate emergency response and philanthropic outreach as well as business continuity and employee support programs. Before, during and after Hurricane Maria, the company mobilized its resources, partners, and employees to provide relief.

Starting a few days after the storm, the company sent 27 chartered flights, carrying over 700 tons of emergency supplies, and 30 ocean containers with 284 tons of supplies. Additionally, Johnson & Johnson distributed over 25,000 hygiene kits, 3,000 emergency generators and 20,000 meals to disaster-affected communities.