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Responding to the Powerhouse Fire in Northern Los Angeles County

Direct Relief has reached out to five of its clinic partners (small yellow markers) near the Powerhouse Fire (large markers).

Direct Relief’s emergency response team is preparing a shipment of fire-related inventory for people suffering from smoke-related symptoms near the massive Powerhouse Fire blazing in northern Los Angeles County. The wildfire, which broke out near Santa Clarita in the Angeles National Forest last Thursday, quickly grew to 45 square miles over the weekend and has forced the evacuations of 1,000 homes. […]

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Hurricane Season: Preparing for Worst Case Scenario

Direct Relief warehouse staff ready hurricane preparedness packs for at-risk communities across the U.S.

Direct Relief Deploys Country’s Largest Hurricane Preparedness Program as Experts Urge Preparedness, Predict “Extremely Active” Season As the nation braces for the official start of hurricane season on June 1, humanitarian organization, Direct Relief is deploying $2 million of medical essentials in specially designed hurricane-preparedness packs to dozens of its health clinic partners in at-risk communities along the Gulf and […]

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Full Disclosure: Rapid response in Oklahoma was that of FedEx too

SenseAware powered by FedEx helped make Direct Relief's tornado response more efficient.

As the devastating tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma earlier this week, Direct Relief’s rapid response – which has included 10 emergency overnight deliveries of requested medications and supplies – was possible for many reasons: an ongoing program already in place for several years with partners in Oklahoma; Direct Relief’s unique status as the only nonprofit licensed to distribute prescription medications in […]

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Readying Santa Barbara White Fire Response

The White Fire perimeter in relation to Direct Relief's local health center partners.

In response to the wildfire – dubbed the White Fire – burning in the Santa Barbara back country, Direct Relief has offered assistance to local responders. If needed, Direct Relief has a stockpile of fire-related medicine and medical supplies ready to deploy from its warehouse. The White Fire, which started as a five-acre brush fire Monday afternoon, has burned 1,800 acres […]

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On the Ground in Oklahoma

FedEx Delivers Tornado Relief to Community Health Centers Inc in Spencer, OK

Direct Relief’s Emergency Management Team landed in Oklahoma last night to assess the needs of healthcare partners responding to the deadly tornadoes. The team is reporting that severe thunderstorms soaking the town of Moore are inhibiting the response to the needs of people affected by the tornadoes. Direct Relief has sent seven emergency medical deliveries valued at over $211,000 (wholesale) […]

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First-Ever Day to End Fistula Brings Attention to Progress, Challenges

Salima*, 26, was referred  for obstetric fistula treatment and is part of a rehabilitation program.

Tragic health condition affecting more than 2 million women worldwide “hidden in plain sight”  Santa Barbara, Calif. (May, 23, 2013)—Marking the first-ever International Day to End Obstetric Fistula on May 23, Direct Relief is intensifying its decade-long efforts to prevent obstetric fistula and expand life-restoring surgical treatment for the estimated two million women – overwhelmingly in developing countries – who suffer from the […]

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