Emergency Response

Direct Relief Providing Aid for Partners Responding to Wildfires

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Direct Relief is responding to urgent requests for medical aid from partners affected by wildfires in Texas, around Bastrop. According to news reports, four people have been killed and more than 1,000 homes have been destroyed in the fires, which have scorched more than 120,000 acres. Staff at Sacred Heart Community Clinic in Round Rock, TX, reports that they have […]

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Who is Vulnerable During Hurricanes: 6 Things to Know

Direct Relief engages in significant emergency preparedness and response efforts related to hurricanes and other natural events. The following list addresses several of the questions that often arise in hurricanes regarding who is most vulnerable, what to look for during, and background on the organization’s preparedness and response activities. 1.  Different risks arise from the natural environment, the built environment, […]

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Reaching Out to Vermont Partners Affected by Irene

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With Hurricane Irene causing heavy flooding in Vermont and North Carolina, communication remains challenging, but Direct Relief’s emergency response team has focused on contacting partners in the states to offer emergency medical aid over the last few days. Direct Relief has offered assistance to Rutland Free Clinic it reported that its basement was flooded, with three feet of water and […]

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Direct Relief Hurricane Prep Pack Used in North Carolina

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Direct Relief’s emergency response team has contacted more than 250 partners in 15 states up the East Coast of the U.S. to assess needs following Hurricane Irene’s landfall this weekend. None have requested additional aid, while one Direct Relief partner, Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center in Ahoskie, NC, used its Hurricane Prep Pack at health center locations needing urgent supplies. […]

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Interactive Map Shows Irene’s Path, Aid at the Ready

Hurricane Irene on Direct Relief's Interactive Hurricane Map

Direct Relief International today released its interactive map depicting the both real-time data about Hurricane Irene and the organization’s network of partner clinics where hurricane aid has been pre-positioned. The map also includes the locations of additional partners in the Direct Relief safety net support network who can receive aid for people affected by the hurricane. See the map here […]

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Hurricane Prep Packs Stand Ready at 17 Locations in Irene’s Path

Hurricane Irene on Direct Relief's Interactive Hurricane Map

Direct Relief International’s Hurricane Prep Packs stand ready to help at 17 locations in the southeastern U.S., where Hurricane Irene is projected to strike as a Category 3 hurricane. The emergency response team has also contacted partners in Hurricane Irene’s path and is carefully monitoring the storm, which is expected to carry winds of 111 mph Tuesday and up to […]

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