Archive for the Emergency Response Category

Preparation Underway for 2014 Hurricane Season

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

At Direct Relief, hurricane season runs year-round. The team has already started making donation requests to build new preparedness packs and modules for 2014. Since 2007, Direct Relief has annually deployed medical essentials in specially designed Hurricane Preparedness Packs at the start of the season (June 1) to health care facilities in hurricane-prone regions of the U.S. and throughout Latin […]

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Responding to the Pfeiffer Fire in Big Sur

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Direct Relief is sending an urgent shipment of medicines and supplies to its health center partner in Salinas, Calif. to help people affected by the Pfeiffer Fire in Big Sur. Though the fire – which burned more than 900 acres and forced about 100 people to evacuate – is now contained, staff at Clinica de Salud de Valle de Salinas […]

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Typhoon Haiyan Response: One Month Update

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With the one month mark past us, please read the comprehensive overview below to find out more about Direct Relief’s relief and recovery efforts in the Philippines since Typhoon Haiyan hit the island nation. THE LARGEST TYPHOON EVER Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Typhoon Yolanda), the largest typhoon in recorded history, struck the Visayas regions of the Philippines on November […]

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Partner Spotlight: Equipping Reach Out WorldWide Responders

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In light of Paul Walker’s recent death, Direct Relief is spotlighting the extraordinary work of his organization, Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW). While many knew him as the star of The Fast and the Furious movie series, Direct Relief was fortunate to know him as the founder of one of our emergency response partners working to help people in need. Our team became […]

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Update: Midwest Tornado Response

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As communities across Indiana and Illinois rebuild from the damage left by dozens of tornadoes that touched down mid-November, Direct Relief’s team continues to stay in contact with its clinic and health center partners near the affected areas and is monitoring health needs. The storms killed at least six people, injured 200 more, and destroyed hundreds of homes. Staff at […]

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1,000 Volunteers Turn Out on Thanksgiving to Help Families in the Philippines

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Two thousand families affected by Typhoon Haiyan will receive care packs filled with basic necessities thanks to the generosity of nearly 1,000 volunteers from the Santa Barbara community who packed the kits at Direct Relief’s warehouse Thanksgiving morning. The packs, which contain hygiene supplies like soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and sunscreen, will be sent to health care partners working on […]

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