Archive for the Emergency Response Category

Senior Volunteers Help Tornado Relief Efforts

Senior volunteers from Casa Dorinda came to Direct Relief on Tuesday to help the organization's tornado relief efforts.

Local volunteers are stepping up to help with the recent Oklahoma tornadoes that have devastated hundreds of homes, leaving thousands of people injured and displaced. About a dozen residents from Montecito-based Casa Dorinda retirement home came to Direct Relief headquarters Tuesday afternoon to pack dental kits for people in need of basic items after the storms. “Typically we make these […]

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Responding to Deadly U.S. Tornadoes

Tornado track through Oklahoma City area in relation to our partners.

As severe storms continue across the central United States – including a two-mile-wide EF4 tornado that tore through the Oklahoma City area this afternoon – Direct Relief is in communication with more than 200 partners in the affected areas and ready to respond to urgent needs. The Emergency Team has been in contact with Debbie Haller, development and coordinator of Community […]

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Preparing to Respond to North Texas Tornadoes

We've reached out to 17 of our 25  partners (yellow) located within 50 miles of tornado touchdowns (red).

Following a string of tornadoes that hit North Texas Wednesday night, Direct Relief has reached out to 17 clinic and health center partners near the affected areas and is prepared to respond to requests for medicines and supplies. At least 10 tornadoes touched down in the region, including an EF4 – the second-highest on the Fujita scale – that tore through the […]

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Monitoring Partners Near Bay of Bengal as Cyclone Mahasen Approaches

Direct Relief's Emergency Team is using Palantir technology to monitor its health center partners (shown in yellow) in relation to Cyclone Mahasen's path.

As Cyclone Mahasen moves over the Bay of Bengal toward the coast of Bangladesh and Myanmar, Direct Relief is reaching out to its health center partners located in the storm’s projected path and is preparing to respond to urgent requests. The cyclone – which is expected to make landfall Thursday – has already brought heavy rains to Sri Lanka, causing […]

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Breezy Point Volunteer Firefighters Receive Emergency Packs, $10,000 to Rebuild After Sandy

Direct Relief President and CEO, Thomas Tighe, presents a check to the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department.

Direct Relief, Good Morning America Help First Responders Prepare for Emergency  SANTA BARBARA, Calif. , May 7– Humanitarian organization, Direct Relief, equipped the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department with an Emergency Pack for each of its 25 volunteer firefighters as well as donated $10,000 to rebuild their fire house earlier today on Good Morning America. The initiative is part of […]

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Update: California Wildfire Response

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With three major wildfires continuing to blaze across more than 25,000 acres in California, Direct Relief is in contact with a wide-array of support agencies including its clinic partner network, county public health departments, Medical Reserve Corps units, and the Red Cross. Friday afternoon, Direct Relief issued an emergency offer of assistance to 60 clinics and health centers in Tehama, Ventura, Los Angeles, San […]

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