Emergency Response

Emergency Update: Tornadoes Tear Through Oklahoma

Moore, Oklahoma. Tornado Devastation. 2013

A powerful series of tornadoes brought on by severe storms bore through Oklahoma Wednesday night, causing one death and dozens of injuries. CNN reported significant damage across a 2-mile square area in Moore, Oklahoma, where high winds tore roofs from homes and downed trees. As many as 36,000 households were without power as of early Thursday morning. Patients with minor injuries sought care at the Moore Medical […]

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Update: Vanuatu Cyclone Response

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View image | gettyimages.com Direct Relief’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Manager Gordon Willcock is in Vanuatu conducting assessments after Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam tore across the South Pacific last weekend. His update from the field below: Reports from the northern islands indicate they are okay, apart from the eastern coast of Pentecost. The southern island group, especially Tanna, were […]

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Aid Bound for Chile Following Wildfire Near Port Cities

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View image | gettyimages.com A shipment of medical supplies is headed to Chile in response to a wildfire that burned near the port cities of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, which forced nearly 7,000 people to evacuate their homes. The delivery, bound for the Foundation for Education, Social, and Economic Development (FEDES), includes first aid supplies, exam gloves, and hygiene items […]

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Tropical Cyclone Pam: Medical Needs Assessment Underway

Tropical Cyclone Pam Monitored on Direct Relief Hurricane Map

Vanuatu, Kiribati, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, and Fiji Cyclone Pam, which barreled across the central and southern islands of Vanuatu this week, caused widespread destruction of homes and infrastructure and cut communication between the capital, Port Vila, and the outer islands. There have been 11 confirmed casualties so far (revised down from 24), and an estimated 3,300 people are living in some 37 evacuation […]

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Cyclone Pam: Responding to Medical Needs in the South Pacific

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View image | gettyimages.com Direct Relief’s Emergency Response Team continues to reach out to partner organizations in the South Pacific following the devastation from Tropical Cyclone Pam, which battered the island nation of Vanuatu on Saturday with winds reaching speeds up to 185 mph. Information regarding the situation in the norther Vanuatu islands is scarce. Even on Efate island, where […]

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Category Five Cyclone Pam Barrels Across Pacific

Tropical Cyclone Pam Monitored on Direct Relief Hurricane Map

Barreling across the South Pacific, category five Tropical Cyclone Pam is due to pass east of Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila, in the next 12 hours. The cyclone is producing winds of up to 160 miles per hour, making it the strongest cyclone to hit the region since 1987. Evacuations are continuing as residents brace for the impact of the storm. […]

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