Emergency Response

Countdown to Landfall: Philippines Braces for Typhoon Hagupit

Direct Relief staff prepares for Typhoon in the Philippines

Super typhoon Hagupit (locally Ruby) is now in the Philippines area of responsibility and is due to make landfall in the north of Eastern Samar on Saturday evening local time.  Typhoon Hagupit currently has a diameter of over 370 Miles and winds speeds equivalent to that of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Dennis Chiong from the Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management […]

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Typhoon Hagupit: Preparing Communities in Superstorm’s Path

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As Typhoon Hagupit (locally known as Ruby) careens closer to the Philippines, Direct Relief’s Emergency Response Team continues to prepare for landfall by staying in touch with local partners and is assessing inventory of pre-positioned medical supplies in the country. The typhoon – equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane – is predicted to hit the island nation on Saturday local […]

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Monitoring Typhoon Hagupit as it Approaches the Philippines

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Direct Relief’s Emergency Response Team is monitoring Typhoon Hagupit (locally known as Ruby), as it approaches the Philippines. On its current trajectory, the typhoon is expected to make landfall in the Eastern Visayas in the next 72 hours and could affect 4.5 million people. Direct Relief already has staff on the ground ready to respond in the event of a […]

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NY & NJ Mobile Medical Units to Receive Emergency Packs

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Every health center-based mobile medical unit in New York and New Jersey will soon be equipped with a Direct Relief Emergency Medical Pack as a result of insights gained following Hurricane Sandy. Each of the 120 packs will be filled with the most critical items for emergency medicine and will help boost health centers’ capacity to respond to future disasters […]

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63 People Survived Ebola Today, a Hospital in Sierra Leone Reports

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63 people left the Hastings Treatment Center in Sierra Leone today Ebola free, according to staff at the Medical Research Centre. Direct Relief works with MRC to supply the Hastings Treatment Center with medicines and personal protective equipment for Ebola care. Hastings’ update today follows last month’s news from the treatment center of the youngest Ebola survivor – a two-week-old girl thought to have contracted […]

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Typhoon Haiyan: Recovery Efforts Continue One Year Later

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Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) – the strongest storm on record to ever hit land – battered the Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013, causing more than 7,200 deaths or missing persons, displacing 4 million people, and affecting up to 16 million people total. One year later, health systems remain vulnerable and tens of thousands of people are still rebuilding their lives, but […]

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