Archive for the Emergency Response Category

Recovery Continues Three Years After the Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

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Three years ago, the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku Earthquake and subsequent tsunami and nuclear disaster battered northern Japan, killing more than 16,000 people and leaving thousands more missing and injured. Thanks to its generous supporters, Direct Relief has since provided more than $5.5 million in grants to 13 Japanese aid groups working to provide relief and recovery to survivors of the […]

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Direct Relief Joins National VOAD as First Associate Member

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The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) announced today that Direct Relief is joining the network as the first Associate Member. VOAD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership-based organization that serves as a forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle – preparation, response, and recovery – to help disaster survivors and their communities. “This recognition by […]

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Philippine Consul General Visits Headquarters

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The Philippine Consul General of Los Angeles visited Direct Relief headquarters yesterday to learn more about our typhoon response efforts as well as to help us build new partnerships with organizations working locally. The Honorable Ma. Hellen Barber De La Vega (pictured above in red) was accompanied by members of the Philippine Disaster Relief Organization (PeDRO), a Los Angeles-based Filipino volunteer […]

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Assisting Bolivians Affected by Severe Flooding

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In response to the weeks of severe flooding in Bolivia, Direct Relief is working with its longtime partner the Rio Beni Health Foundation to help people affected access critical medicines and supplies. More than 58,000 families have been affected and heavy rains are expected to continue in Bolivia for weeks to come. The lack of clean water and the threat of […]

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Three Months after Typhoon Haiyan, Need for Medical Aid Remains High

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At the Bumi Sehat Medical Relief Camp in Dulag, Philippines, every postpartum bed is full, dozens of mothers and infants are in line to receive care, and several babies are delivered every day. Three months after Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) hit the island nation, thousands of people are still displaced and with many health facilities destroyed, medical needs […]

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Responding to the Colby Fire in Glendora, Calif.

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In response to the Colby Fire, which broke out early this morning in Glendora, Calif., Direct Relief’s emergency response team has contacted more than 60 partner health clinics in the Los Angeles area and is monitoring health-related needs. More than 1,700 acres have burned, three people have been injured, five homes were destroyed, and hundreds of homes have been evacuated, […]

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