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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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Hurricane Sandy: Preparing for Emergency With Data Analysis

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Direct Relief has stepped up efforts to understand the needs of our safety-net health center partners and ready our logistical systems for the possibility of large-scale emergency health needs. At 7 p.m. Sunday, New York City went to full alert in preparation for the imminent landfall of Hurricane Sandy forecasted to arrive Monday evening. At that time, the subway system was […]

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Hurricane Sandy: Using Technology For Effective Response

Direct Relief used Palantir technology before, during, and after Hurricane Sandy to assist those affected by the storm.

As Hurricane Sandy barrels up the eastern coastline of the United States, aiming for landfall late Monday or early Tuesday morning somewhere between northern Virginia and southern New Jersey, Direct Relief is hard at work with our technology partners at Palantir to assess needs, determine likely emergency scenarios and mount an effective, targeted response for our clinical partners in the […]

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