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Hurricane Sandy: Fighting the Spread of Cholera in Haiti

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While Direct Relief USA reaches out to clinics on the East Coast, we continue to assess and respond to needs in Haiti where more than 50 people have been reported dead and another 200,000 people were affected by damage to their homes caused by Hurricane Sandy. Because the rains and mudslides destroyed roads and bridges, many people have been cut […]

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Hurricane Sandy: Offering Help Amid Evacuations, Outages

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While Sandy travels further inland, leaving behind thousands of people in shelters and widespread power outages, Direct Relief is actively monitoring needs and offering assistance to health center partners and evacuation centers in 16 states and D.C. affected by the storm. As the only nonprofit licensed to distribute prescription medications in all 50 states and a vast emergency preparedness and response […]

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New Fugazi Edits Album Benefits Direct Relief

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DJ Chris Lawhorn,  founder of  the Case/Martingale record label and former resident DJ at Marie Claire magazine, released his fifth album, Fugazi Edits, today. A portion of the proceeds from album sales will benefit Direct Relief’s work delivering life-changing health care to people in need. “Apart from my interest in the causes with which Direct Relief is involved, I was particularly […]

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Hurricane Sandy: N.J. Flooding Poses Health Risks

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With support from technology partner, Palantir, Direct Relief is analyzing real-time data in preparation to respond to needs near Atlantic City, N.J., an area hard hit by severe flooding and strong winds from Hurricane Sandy. Around 6 p.m. EST Monday, Hurricane Sandy made landfall somewhere in the neighborhood of Atlantic City, N.J. The city’s famous boardwalks were quickly overwhelmed and […]

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Big Data vs. Big Storm: New Technology Informs Hurricane Sandy Preparedness, Response

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As Hurricane Sandy slams the East Coast with winds reaching  speeds of 75-85 mph, Direct Relief is ready to respond to urgent requests from partner clinics and health centers for needed medicines and supplies to treat those affected by the storm. Working with analytical and data visualization tools from technology partner, Palantir, Direct Relief is able to to pinpoint clinic partners located in […]

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Big Data vs. Big Storm: New Technology Informs Hurricane Sandy Preparedness, Response

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 Direct Relief gets help from Palantir to transform humanitarian relief with powerful analytical tools, enabling faster and more precise emergency response. SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Oct. 29 – As Hurricane Sandy barrels up the East Coast, Direct Relief is working with technology partners at Palantir to assess needs, determine likely emergency scenarios, and mount a targeted response for health clinic partners […]

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