In response to recent flooding in the Midwest – and specifically in Illinois, where today Governor Pat Quinn declared a state of emergency – Direct Relief is in communication with its clinical partner network and is prepared to respond to urgent requests.
Through the use of software from technology partner Palantir and flash flood warning zone data from the National Weather Service, Direct Relief identified 19 community health centers and nonprofit clinic partners in areas where flooding has occurred.
The clinics (shown on the map in red) have been contacted and offered assistance. Both Direct Relief’s standing inventory of critical medicines and supplies as well as its emergency response stock – items set aside specifically for disaster support efforts – have been made available for these partners.
As the first nonprofit licensed to distribute pharmaceuticals to its network of more than 1,000 clinics and health centers in all 50 states, Direct Relief is uniquely positioned to respond to medical needs during and after emergencies. Last year, Direct Relief provided more than $50 million in medical assistance to clinics and health centers across the United States.
If you’re interested in learning more about how Direct Relief uses Palantir improve the health and lives of people around the world in poverty, disaster and civil unrest, watch this video of a presentation our President & CEO, Thomas Tighe, recently gave at Palantir headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif.