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Using Mobile Technology to Guide On The Ground Response After Sandy

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  From Sunday through Thursday this past week, Direct Relief’s initial post-disaster assessment team visited clinical healthcare partners around the New York area to determine the scope of damage and scale of needs. In many cases the team was confronted with chaotic situations that required rapid orientation on the ground.  Clinics had just re-opened their doors after a week of […]

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Supporting Health Centers Treating Those Without Heat After Sandy, Snowstorm

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Direct Relief is sending shipments of essential medical supplies to a number of groups who are directing their efforts at both clinical and outreach services in  areas without heat after Sandy. With the arrival of the nor’easter storm on Wednesday and Thursday, which many residents of New York likened to the sequel of the horror film that was Hurricane Sandy, […]

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How Big Data Analysis Guides Hurricane Sandy Response

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As the response to Hurricane Sandy enters its fifth day, Direct Relief helps safety net healthcare centers get back on their feet in part through big data analysis of a range of relevant, dynamic data sources. Our team understands that accurate and effective public health emergency response demands deep understanding of the context and the details of chaotic situations. The […]

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Hurricane Sandy: NYC Pharmacy Access Update

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Based on data imported from the RxResponse Pharmacy Status tool, conditions appear to have improved for most of the New York City area by Friday morning. However, serious problems with pharmacy service availability (as reported earlier by Direct Relief)—most likely related to power outages and flooding—remain persistent throughout lower Manhattan. Blue squares in the map above represent pharmacy locations known […]

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Hurricane Sandy: Restoring Pharmacy Access in NYC

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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Direct Relief is paying extra-close attention to a key factor in disaster response—access to pharmacy services, both nonprofit and commercial. For people needing to access basic health and medical services under conditions such as the infrastructural shocks now being felt in New York City, supply chains, transport, and service availability are paramount concerns. Lower Manhattan—among […]

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Hurricane Sandy: N.J. Flooding Poses Health Risks

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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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