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Supporting Indigenous Populations Affected by Guatemala Earthquake

Those affected by the quake seek shelter and care from our partner, Caritas de Guatemala. Photo courtesy of Caritas de Guatemala

An air shipment of specifically requested medical supplies is scheduled to leave Direct Relief’s warehouse today, headed for a partner organization in Guatemala treating people in and around the area affected by the 7.4-magnitude earthquake that hit earlier this month. The partner organization, Caritas de Guatemala, provides health care and other services for many of the local indigenous Mayan population, a group that consists […]

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Emergency Team Participates in Statewide Preparedness Exercise

2012 Statewide Medical & Health Exercise - Field Treatment Site Setup

While actively responding to disasters elsewhere, Direct Relief prepared for disasters closer to home this week by participating in the 2012 Statewide Medical and Health Training and Exercise program with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and local hospitals and clinics.  Simulating a large earthquake in the Santa Barbara area, Direct Relief responded to resource requests for medical supplies and shelter supplies. As part of the […]

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Aid Continues to East Coast Health Centers Affected by Sandy

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As of today, Direct Relief has shipped more than 15,000 pounds of relief supplies, such as antibiotics, nutritionals, personal care products, vaccines and chronic care medicines,  to 17 providers affected by Sandy in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania who focus on treating the most vulnerable people in their communities. In total, nearly two dozen shipments valued at close to $500,000 are […]

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Hurricane Sandy: When Personal Meets Professional

Carmen helping with one of our personal care pack events earlier this fall.

Our wonderful GlaxoSmithKline PULSE volunteer, Carmen Lennon, has been helping our communication efforts during her six month assignment at our Santa Barbara headquarters. Born and raised in Philadelphia, many of her family and close friends have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.  She graciously agreed to share her perspective with us on relief and recovery efforts and its close ties to home.  In […]

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FedEx Provides Support to Hurricane Sandy Relief

DRI staff and FedEx Plane

FedEx Corp. announced this week that the company is donating $50,000 cash and $100,000 in-kind transportation services to Direct Relief for Hurricane Sandy relief and recovery efforts. The donations are part of a generous $1.2 million commitment in support of a handful of humanitarian organizations providing emergency relief. The company has a long history of supporting disaster survivors worldwide, and […]

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Hurricane Sandy: N.J. Flooding Poses Health Risks

Hurricane Sandy Atlantic City map

With support from technology partner, Palantir, Direct Relief is analyzing real-time data in preparation to respond to needs near Atlantic City, N.J., an area hard hit by severe flooding and strong winds from Hurricane Sandy. Around 6 p.m. EST Monday, Hurricane Sandy made landfall somewhere in the neighborhood of Atlantic City, N.J. The city’s famous boardwalks were quickly overwhelmed and […]

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