Emergency Response

Hurricane Sandy Threatens East Coast

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As Hurricane Sandy  heads north, threatening portions of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, Direct Relief has sent  notifications and offers of assistance to approximately 300 clinical partners in 17 states and D.C. along its projected path. So far, Direct Relief has not received any responses or requests from these partners. Direct Relief’s emergency response team is actively monitoring the situation. Three […]

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Hurricane Sandy Floods Hospitals in Haiti

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Staff and partners in Haiti are reporting  heavy rains, winds, and flooding as a result of Hurricane Sandy, which has reached Category 2 status. Direct Relief has reached out to its partners in the affected areas to offer medical assistance as needed. All four partners in Haiti who received Direct Relief’s  Hurricane Modules at the beginning of hurricane season (June 1) have been advised to […]

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Hurricane Sandy Makes Landfall in Jamaica, Heads North

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Direct Relief’s partners in the Caribbean are weathering the storm as Category 1 Hurricane Sandy strengthens and makes landfall near Kingston, the capital of Jamaica today. Severe flooding and strong winds have been reported in Haiti and in Jamaica. Direct Relief is monitoring the storm and readying emergency supplies if partners in the Caribbean request emergency medicines and supplies, or […]

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Medical Supplies Support Growing Syrian Refugee Crisis

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In response to the growing Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon, Direct Relief is providing critically needed medical goods. With support from corporate donors, Direct Relief prepared an emergency shipment to be air-freighted today directly to long-term partner American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) for distribution to clinics and hospitals in refugee camps. Working together, Direct Relief and ANERA have identified the most essential […]

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The Critical Role Community Health Centers Play Across the U.S.

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Direct Relief and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) have worked closely together since the days following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. NACHC has been instrumental in helping Direct Relief connect with health centers throughout the country—both on an ongoing basis, and during emergencies. I asked Mollie Melbourne, the Director of Emergency Management at NACHC, about Direct Relief’s health […]

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Generator Enables Health Center in Missouri to Run During Emergencies

Following the severe storms in 2011 that devastated communities throughout the Midwest,  Direct Relief contributed $50,000 to Katy Trail Community Health Center in Sedalia, Mo. for  the purchase and installation of a generator.   The generator enables the facility to remain open during power outages so they can serve their community and provide backup support for their local hospital and health department […]

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