Emergency Response

Direct Relief Extends Aid to Central America and Additional U.S. Partners as Ida Makes U.S. Landfall Today

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Deploying its stand-by inventory of hurricane-response medical material aid, Direct Relief International is airlifting consignments today to partners in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and the U.S. treating people affected by Tropical Storm Ida. Based on conversations with partners Sunday and early Monday, specific needs have been identified and consignments are being built for delivery Tuesday and Wednesday. Ida makes landfall in […]

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Direct Relief USA’s Pre-Positioned Aid Readies Gulf State Partners for Hurricane Ida

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Delivered to 25 clinics and health centers across the Gulf States in June, Direct Relief USA’s Hurricane Prep Packs stand at the ready as Hurricane Ida threatens the U.S. The Category 2 storm, carrying winds of up to 100 mph, is expected to bring heavy rains and flooding from Texas to Florida. Today, Direct Relief has also offered its reserve inventory of […]

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Emergency Aid Provides Needed Care for Flood Survivors

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Direct Relief International’s partner, Australian Aid International (AAI), reports that the $194,700 (wholesale) emergency aid consignment airlifted to the Philippines following Typhoon Ketsana has provided critically needed medical material for its relief efforts. “Our biggest problem in the Philippines has been getting medical supplies,” said Frank Tyler, AAI’s director of operations recently. He added that procuring them in-country “costs a […]

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Direct Relief Delivers $1 Million in Aid to Indonesia for Quake Response

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Matt MacCalla, Direct Relief program officer for Asia, is in Padang assessing the continually changing needs following a devastating series of earthquakes that hit Indonesia in early October. Immediately following the initial quake, Direct Relief airlifted an emergency consignment of medical supplies valued at $976,200 to longtime partner Muhammadiyah, one of Indonesia’s largest civic organizations, and accelerated a $60,000 grant […]

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Cyclone Nargis Response Timeline

April 27, 2008  Cyclone Nargis heads north over the Bay of Bengal toward Myanmar, also known as Burma. May 3  The cyclone strikes Yangon, the former capital city Rangoon. May 4  Direct Relief contacts its partners and friends working in Myanmar and neighboring Thailand for information, updates, and to offer condolences and support. May 9  Based on this trustworthy information, […]

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Direct Relief Equipping Emergency Medical Team in Philippines

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Direct Relief is equipping Australian Aid International (AAI) healthcare teams with emergency medical material aid to treat Typhoon Ketsana survivors in the Philippines. AAI has deployed its Disaster Response and Assessment Team there, where more than 4 million people have been affected and floodwaters are not expected to recede fully for six months to a year. AAI is focusing on […]

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