Archive for the Emergency Response Category

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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Civil Drones Improve Humanitarian Response in the Philippines

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As Direct Relief’s relief and recovery efforts in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan continue, civil drones are helping our organization and others respond more efficiently to the most pressing needs of people affected by the super storm. About a week after Typhoon Haiyan struck, an assessment group from Direct Relief’s partner, veterans’ response organization Team Rubicon, sought to determine the operational […]

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Largest Shipment in Direct Relief History Arrives in the Philippines

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Direct Relief’s largest-ever shipment of emergency medicines and medical supplies in its 65-year history arrived early Monday morning in Cebu, Philippines to support partners on the ground who are providing medical care for people affected by Typhoon Haiyan. The massive air shipment, valued at $5 million, includes enough medicines to treat 250,000 people and was delivered on a charter flight […]

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Palantir Technology Enables Intelligent Typhoon Response

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Soon after the scale and scope of destruction from Typhoon Haiyan became clear, Direct Relief went to work with its technology partners at Palantir to build an efficient and effective means of pulling better information rapidly and routinely from what was obviously going to be a large-scale and long-term response effort. Our model was the collaboration between Palantir and Team […]

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Direct Relief Emergency Airlift to Provide 50 Tons of Essential Medications, Supplies to Philippines

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Largest-ever airlift in organization’s history, donated by FedEx, follows $4 million in emergency medical aid already provided since devastating typhoon SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Nov. 21, 2013 – Direct Relief will conduct the largest emergency airlift in its 65-year history this Saturday to deliver 50 tons of essential medications and emergency medical supplies to people affected by Typhoon Haiyan. The massive […]

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