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Disaster modules help provide relief during times of crisis
Caring & Giving
Disaster Modules: How a Single Kit Has the Potential to Help Save Lives Around the World
Earthquakes, typhoons, floods. Natural disasters can strike at any moment, devastating communities and healthcare systems—which is why Johnson & Johnson has disaster relief modules at the ready.

In the late 1800s, Johnson & Johnson made history by producing the first-ever commercial first aid kits, packed with items like cotton, bandages and adhesive plaster.

But there’s another, lesser-known kit the company makes that has also helped countless people around the world: disaster modules.

Whether a region has been devastated by floods or impacted by an earthquake, Johnson & Johnson has modules packed and ready to ship to help support medical teams and aid organizations on the ground in the immediate aftermath of a large-scale disaster.

Each disaster module is designed to serve a community of 50,000 and is tailored to specific needs. For example, to help support response efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the company donated one module, as well as 25,000 hygiene kits stocked with over-the-counter products. Following Cyclone Winston in Fiji, the company dispatched modules packed with such first aid products as gauze and BAND-AID® Brand adhesive bandages. When Ecuador was devastated by an earthquake in 2016, modules were sent containing medications to help fight infections and surgical products, like sutures.

“Johnson & Johnson began providing disaster relief as early as 1900 to support victims of the devastating hurricane in Galveston, Texas,” says Kimberlin Keller Kimberlin KellerSenior Manager for Global Community Impact , Senior Manager for Global Community Impact at Johnson & Johnson. "Today, we build on that legacy by ensuring that our disaster kits can get to the scene quickly, anywhere in the world, with help from our aid partners—Americares, Heart to Heart International and Direct Relief.”

We rounded up a sampling of items that commonly appear in disaster modules to show how something as simple as cotton tape can make a world of difference around the world.

  • Umbilical tape is a strong, narrow cotton tape that can be used to tie the umbilical cord of a newborn in emergency situations.
  • Visine eye drops are formulated to help provide relief from minor eye irritation that may be caused by triggers like smoke and other post-disaster airborne pollutants.
  • OneTouch lancets and test strips are used by diabetes patients to monitor blood sugar levels—testing supplies that may not be as readily available when disaster strikes.
An Easy Way to Aid Hurricane Harvey Relief
Simply take a photo, and Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 to Heart to Heart International to get hygiene items to Texans in need.