Archive for the Emergency Response Category

Responding to Colorado Flooding

Direct Relief is sending emergency shipments of medicines and supplies to help people in Colorado recover after a week of rains left eight killed, 1,500 homes destroyed, and more than 1,000 people stranded.  Roads have been washed out leaving search-and-rescue teams operating via helicopter. According to the National Guard, the rescue operations are the largest civilian helicopter mission in the […]

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Emergency Preparedness Post-9/11: Equipping Local First Responders

21 Medical Reserve Corps Units in 18 California counties have been equipped with Direct Relief's 'grab-and-go' medical packs.

The tragic events of September 11, 2001 forever changed the way the nation prepares for disasters and unpredictable events. Recognizing the importance of  first-responders in the immediate aftermath of an emergency, the U.S. Surgeon General mandated in 2002 that each county in the U.S. recruit, train, and equip a group of local civilian volunteers, known as the Medical Reserve Corps […]

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Readying Medicines to Help Peruvians Affected by Severe Cold

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Direct Relief is preparing a shipment of medicines and medical supplies to help treat people in Peru suffering from a severe cold wave that has hit at least ten districts of the country, causing the government to declare a state of emergency. The shipment will support a team of doctors from the Peruvian American Medical Society who are traveling to […]

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Responding to the Latest Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

The bleach and buckets sent to HAS Haiti are being used to prevent further spread of cholera. Photo courtesy of HAS Haiti.

Direct Relief’s emergency response team recently sent 600 gallons of bleach and 200 buckets with spigots to its partner Hopital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (HAS Haiti) to help prevent the spread of cholera as the latest outbreak continues. Cholera is a highly-contagious waterborne disease that can kill a person within hours if not properly treated. However, with swift medical care and the right supplies, 80 […]

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Responding to the Southern Oregon Wildfires

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View Larger Map In response to the major wildfires burning across southwest Oregon, Direct Relief’s Emergency Response Team has reached out to its health center network in the area and has sent overnight a shipment of urgent supplies to help people suffering from smoke-related symptoms. Staff at Siskiyou Community Health Center, a Direct Relief partner with three sites in both Grants […]

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Responding to the Dengue Fever Outbreak in Honduras

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Direct Relief is preparing an emergency air shipment of medicine to partner Proyecto Aldea Global/Project Global Village  to address the outbreak of dengue fever in Honduras.  With more than 8,380 cases reported to date, dengue has been on a steady rise in Honduras since June, tripling the number of cases recorded at this time in 2012. Project Global Village works […]

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