Emergency Response

Direct Relief Distributes 25,000 Particulate Masks

Mask Distribution for Fire

In response to the Gap Fire, which has burned approximately 6,000 acres and has been declared California’s top fire priority, Direct Relief today distributed 25,000 free N-95 particulate respirators to local residents, public safety officials, shelter residents, assisted care facilities, and the public health office. The masks protect against breathing fine particulate matter in the fire’s ash that can cause […]

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Direct Relief Distributing Free Face Masks at Two Goleta Sites Today

Tea Fire N95 Mask Distribution

Direct Relief staff will be distributing free protective N-95 masks today from 10 am to 3 pm at two sites in Goleta: Camino Real Shopping Center, between Borders and the movie theater, and at the Goleta Community Center on Hollister Avenue. Direct Relief urges those who are particularly sensitive to smoke to come down and pick up the easy-to-wear mask.

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Direct Relief Commits $50,000, Medical Supplies, and Staff to Support Gap Fire Emergency Response

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As the Gap Fire burns just miles away from its Santa Barbara headquarters, Direct Relief International today committed $50,000 to help local agencies handle relief efforts and assist at-risk populations. Staff has mobilized to deliver medical supplies among the community. CEO Thomas Tighe has reached out to the City of Goleta and emergency responders to offer Direct Relief’s resources, including […]

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Direct Relief Offers Assistance for Gap Fire, Visible from Santa Barbara Headquarters

Gap Fire from DRI Headquarters

In response to the Gap Fire that broke out around 6 pm yesterday in the Santa Ynez mountains above Goleta, Direct Relief has extended offers of support of existing medical inventories to partner clinics, Santa Barbara County Public Health, and emergency officials. Direct Relief has ensured that any of its resources, if needed, will be coordinated with other responding agencies […]

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Direct Relief Airlifts $1.4 Million in Emergency Medical Supplies

Continuing its targeted support to victims of Cyclone Nargis, Direct Relief International this week provided via airlift 9 tons of medical material aid valued at $1.4 million to Myanmar. In addition, Direct Relief’s partnership with Australian Aid International (AAI) has established a series of training programs in emergency-response medicine that has trained more than 80 local physicians and health workers being deployed […]

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Direct Relief Offers Aid to Flood-Stricken Midwest

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In response to flooding throughout the Midwest of the United States, Direct Relief International has extended offers of support to national, statewide, and regional networks of community clinics and healthcare centers. It has also reached out to colleague organizations working in the area to coordinate efforts. The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), notified Direct Relief that the Community […]

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