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Hurricane Sandy: NYC Pharmacy Access Update

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Based on data imported from the RxResponse Pharmacy Status tool, conditions appear to have improved for most of the New York City area by Friday morning. However, serious problems with pharmacy service availability (as reported earlier by Direct Relief)—most likely related to power outages and flooding—remain persistent throughout lower Manhattan. Blue squares in the map above represent pharmacy locations known […]

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Hurricane Sandy: Things to Know About Diabetes and Disasters

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the impact of loss of power and flooding on hospitals and critical care facilities leads the headlines, but the loss of medicines and medical supplies needed to manage chronic diseases—like diabetes or high blood pressure—is less obvious. With the start of National Diabetes Month coinciding with Hurricane Sandy, this is a good time to […]

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Hurricane Sandy: Restoring Pharmacy Access in NYC

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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Direct Relief is paying extra-close attention to a key factor in disaster response—access to pharmacy services, both nonprofit and commercial. For people needing to access basic health and medical services under conditions such as the infrastructural shocks now being felt in New York City, supply chains, transport, and service availability are paramount concerns. Lower Manhattan—among […]

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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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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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