Archive for the Emergency Response Category

Monitoring Medical Needs After Washington Landslide

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Direct Relief has been in contact with its partner Sea Mar Community Health Centers to assess health needs at their sites located near the recent landslide in Oso, Washington. At this point, no requests for medical assistance have been received, however Sea Mar staff are aware that Direct Relief has emergency supplies available should the situation change. As of Thursday, the death […]

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From the Field: Fukushima, Japan

On the three year anniversary of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck northern Japan, our Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator, Jenny Hutain, reflects on her most recent trip and the state of recovery. A delegation from Direct Relief and partner organization the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) traveled to Fukushima Prefecture in Japan late in 2013 to assess […]

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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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