Emergency Response

Responding to the Tornadoes in Pilger, Nebraska

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Direct Relief’s Emergency Response Team has offered assistance to its health center partners in Nebraska following twin tornadoes that devastated the town of Pilger and surrounding areas on Monday. Two people – including a five-year-old – died during the storm and 16 people were critically injured, reports CNN. The Emergency Team also reached out to partners in four other states […]

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Chikungunya Outbreak: Emergency Aid Bound for Haiti

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#492786167 / gettyimages.com Direct Relief is sending emergency medicines and medical supplies to Haiti following an urgent request from the Director General of the Ministry of Public Health and Population of Haiti who contacted Direct Relief’s Emergency Response Team on Tuesday to request medicine for the chikungunya outbreak rapidly spreading across the island nation. The Haitian government formally declared a medical emergency […]

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Responding to Unprecedented Flooding in the Balkans

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#492612225 / gettyimages.com In response to unprecedented flooding in Bosnia and Serbia, Direct Relief is reaching out to response organizations in the region and is ready to assist with medicines and supplies. The flooding – the worst ever recorded in the Balkans – destroyed more than 100,000 homes and structures, forcing 500,000 people to evacuate. Over 40 people have died, a number which is expected to […]

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Emergency Supplies On the Way to People Affected by SoCal Fires

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An emergency shipment of inhalers and nebulizers is on the way to Direct Relief’s longtime partner in San Diego County treating people affected by the outbreak of wildfires in Southern California. A physician at North County Health Services in San Marcos, Calif. said the poor air quality caused by smoke and particulates from the nearby Carlsbad Fire is exacerbating symptoms […]

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Responding to the Bernardo Fire in San Diego County

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Direct Relief has offered assistance to health center partners located near the Bernardo Fire that began Tuesday in northern San Diego County and has burned nearly 1,600 acres. The Bernardo Fire is now 25 percent contained and evacuation orders have been lifted, but officials warn that high temperatures and high winds mean “the battle is not over,” reports the LA […]

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Life-Saving Midwife Kits Delivered in the Philippines

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  One thousand babies will be born safely in the Philippines with help from a delivery of 20 Midwife Kits to skilled midwives working in typhoon-affected areas. In collaboration with the Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines (IMAP), Direct Relief has placed the kits at birthing centers throughout the Visayas that were directly affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) and are […]

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