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NCPA Foundation, AmerisourceBergen Foundation build resiliency

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ALEXANDRIA, Va.  — In 2018, Hurricane Michael, the third-most intense Atlantic hurricane to make landfall in the U.S., ripped its way through the Florida Panhandle spending the next six days ravaging communities from Tallahassee, Fla. to southeastern Virginia. The destruction would eventually spread over six states, affecting thousands of businesses and homes.

The National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation has partnered with the AmerisourceBergen Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable giving organization focused on supporting health-related causes that enrich the global community, to ensure community pharmacies affected by a disaster like Hurricane Michael can continue to support patient populations.

The AmerisourceBergen Foundation has donated to the NCPA Foundation to create the AmerisourceBergen Foundation–NCPA Foundation Disaster Relief Grant Fund. This will be administered entirely by the NCPA Foundation, including decisions related to eligibility and grant selections. The NCPA Foundation Disaster Relief Grant Fund was established to provide financial assistance to community pharmacy owners for the repair of pharmacies in the event of disaster, accidents, illness, or other adverse circumstances.

As the rapid intensification of hurricanes continues to produce stronger and more destructive storms, it is almost certain that there will be a need to support community pharmacies experiencing a disaster. While recent hurricanes have caused major damage, a community pharmacy experiencing hardship due to flooding, fire and smoke damage, winter storm damage, or other damage will be eligible for these grants.

Assistance is available to NCPA member- and nonmember-independent pharmacies, awarding up to $2,500 per site for the AmerisourceBergen Foundation Fund and an additional $2,000 per site through the NCPA Foundation Disaster Relief Fund. To apply for the Disaster Relief Grant opportunity, contact Abby Lampela at 703-838-2653 or ncpaf@ncpanet.org.


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