Direct Relief Sends Emergency Assistance to Safety-Net Clinics
In response to specific requests received this morning, Direct Relief provided four emergency shipments to clinics in Southern California today, totaling more than $64,000 (wholesale value) in support.
The emergency support was sent to the following partner facilities in Southern California:
- Mountain Health and Community Services, Campo
- University of California Irvine Family Health Center, Santa Ana
- El Proyecto del Barrio, Winnetka
- North County Health Services, San Marcos
These clinics collectively treat 98,000 patients annually. Each of these partner clinics informed Direct Relief that their providers were experiencing an influx of patients with respiratory problems. The clinics also are preparing to handle a high-number of evacuees that may not be able to return to their home for some time.
In response, Direct Relief has provided N-95 grade masks, asthma inhalers, and a variety of personal care products including feminine hygiene products, shampoo, lotion, and soap. The masks, which were used extensively during the Cedar Fire of 2003, are especially effective against smoke inhalation.
In addition to working with nonprofit clinics, Direct Relief is in contact with the Emergency Operations Center of San Diego County and the organization is examining how best to support the county’s emergency response efforts. Direct Relief is expecting to provide additional support in the coming days as needs arise.