Emergency Response

Update: Oklahoma Tornado Response Continues

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Nearly three weeks after the devastating tornadoes initially hit the Oklahoma City area – followed by continued storms, severe flooding and the widest tornado in U.S. history – Direct Relief’s emergency response team continues to get critical medicines and medical supplies to people affected. With the Moore Medical Center completely destroyed by the tornado,  Direct Relief’s local network of community health care […]

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Collaborating with Palantir, Team Rubicon to Help Oklahomans in Need

Andrew MacCalla (center) works with Team Rubicon on the ground in Moore, Okla. to conduct assessments and better help people in need.

To effectively help people following a disaster like the tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma, emergency responders need good coordination and comprehensive information. It’s clear that people need food, water, shelter and health care, but which people? And where are they? And who has the most urgent need? That’s why Direct Relief teamed up with Palantir Technologies and veteran volunteer organization, […]

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Responding to the Powerhouse Fire in Northern Los Angeles County

Direct Relief has reached out to five of its clinic partners (small yellow markers) near the Powerhouse Fire (large markers).

Direct Relief’s emergency response team is preparing a shipment of fire-related inventory for people suffering from smoke-related symptoms near the massive Powerhouse Fire blazing in northern Los Angeles County. The wildfire, which broke out near Santa Clarita in the Angeles National Forest last Thursday, quickly grew to 45 square miles over the weekend and has forced the evacuations of 1,000 homes. […]

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Full Disclosure: Rapid response in Oklahoma was that of FedEx too

SenseAware powered by FedEx helped make Direct Relief's tornado response more efficient.

As the devastating tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma earlier this week, Direct Relief’s rapid response – which has included 10 emergency overnight deliveries of requested medications and supplies – was possible for many reasons: an ongoing program already in place for several years with partners in Oklahoma; Direct Relief’s unique status as the only nonprofit licensed to distribute prescription medications in […]

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Readying Santa Barbara White Fire Response

The White Fire perimeter in relation to Direct Relief's local health center partners.

In response to the wildfire – dubbed the White Fire – burning in the Santa Barbara back country, Direct Relief has offered assistance to local responders. If needed, Direct Relief has a stockpile of fire-related medicine and medical supplies ready to deploy from its warehouse. The White Fire, which started as a five-acre brush fire Monday afternoon, has burned 1,800 acres […]

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On the Ground in Oklahoma

FedEx Delivers Tornado Relief to Community Health Centers Inc in Spencer, OK

Direct Relief’s Emergency Management Team landed in Oklahoma last night to assess the needs of healthcare partners responding to the deadly tornadoes. The team is reporting that severe thunderstorms soaking the town of Moore are inhibiting the response to the needs of people affected by the tornadoes. Direct Relief has sent seven emergency medical deliveries valued at over $211,000 (wholesale) […]

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