Tag: Disaster Relief

Camp Fire

Relief Efforts in Wake of Camp Fire Devastation

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The recent wildfires that swept throughout California have been devastating. The area impacted by the Camp Fire, the deadliest and largest fire in California history, is just a two-hour drive north of VSP Global’s headquarters in Rancho Cordova. Many VSP employees, members and network eye doctors were directly affected or knew someone who was affected Read More »

Hurricane Maria Anniversary

Hurricane Maria: Dr. Santiago’s Story

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It had been eighty years since the last major hurricane made landfall in Puerto Rico. When notice of Hurricane Maria came through, many on the island didn’t know what to expect, including Dr. Hector Santiago, a practicing optometrist and professor at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. “The main problem was the inability to Read More »

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Emergency Preparedness: Eye Care Edition

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An emergency can strike with little or no notice. Having a plan and emergency preparedness kit ready to go can help you navigate a crisis more effectively when confronted with a disaster. Know the types of disasters most common to your area Emergencies can range from personal, such as house fires, to community-wide, such as Read More »

When Waters Rise: Dr. Brittney Probst’s Story

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“It’s definitely not something that just because the flood waters have receded, that this is anywhere near finished, by any means … there’s still a long road ahead.” — Dr. Brittney Probst Although the flood waters from Hurricane Harvey destroyed the optometry practice where Dr. Brittney Probst works, they haven’t destroyed her spirit or commitment to Read More »

Celebrating the See-son of Giving

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At VSP Global, giving back is at the core of our mission to help everyone see the world more clearly. Through Eyes of Hope, we support communities worldwide through initiatives that provide access to eye care, eyewear, education, and disaster relief to places where they’re needed most.  Here are some highlights from 2017, plus ideas on Read More »

Finding Clarity After A Disaster

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In mid-August, an unusual storm hovered over Baton Rouge, dropping more than 7 trillion gallons of water. The storm, described by residents as a “500-year flood,” resulted in the nearby Amite River cresting higher than ever recorded in history. According to the Red Cross, more than 160,000 homes were damaged. Many of the thousands who Read More »

Emergency Preparedness: Eye Care Edition

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Is your emergency preparedness plan up to date? Getting started is as easy as 1-2-3: Know the types of disasters most common to your area. Emergencies can range from the personal, such as house fires, to community-wide, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, or floods. Learn about the disasters most likely to strike where you live, and Read More »

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Eyecare available to those impacted by Colorado floods

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At VSP, our mission is to help people see. That mission is even more imperative when people are impacted by natural disaster and find themselves in critical need of eyesight. As part of VSP disaster relief efforts, VSP members who need eyecare and/or replacement glasses due to the impact of the Colorado floods may call Read More »

Thousands receive care through the American Red Cross

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Did you know March is American Red Cross Month? The American Red Cross was created in 1881 by Clara Barton and officially chartered by Congress in 1900 to provide national and international relief during disasters, and to give relief to the military and serve as a means of communication between members of the Armed Forces Read More »