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Update: Colorado Wildfires Response

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In response to several major wildfires in Colorado, Direct Relief has shipped 14 deliveries of critical medicines and medical supplies to three health centers treating people affected by the smoke and flames. During the Black Forest Fire, Mission Medical Clinic and Open Bible Medical Clinic – both in Colorado Springs – expanded their care under the emergency circumstances to help treat […]

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Helping Local Students in Need Maintain a Healthy Smile

Direct Relief local programs manager, Martha Angeles (right), teaches local students brushing and flossing techniques.

Direct Relief is working with the United Way of Santa Barbara County to help 200 local families in need maintain healthier smiles by providing supplies and hygiene education to children participating in the Fun in The Sun (FITS) program. Fun in the Sun is a nationally-recognized summer learning program for homeless and low-income children. Qualifying students participate in educational and recreational activities […]

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Responding to the Black Forest Fire in Colorado

Smoke from the Black Forest Fire can post serious health threats. Photo: Natalie Pate, Direct Relief intern.

Direct Relief’s Emergency Response team has reached out to its health center and clinic partners near the Black Forest Fire burning near Colorado Springs, Colorado and has stock of fire-related medical supplies ready to deploy from its warehouse. The growing fire, which has consumed 15,000 acres and has destroyed at least 360 homes – the most ever in a Colorado […]

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Update: Oklahoma Tornado Response Continues

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Nearly three weeks after the devastating tornadoes initially hit the Oklahoma City area – followed by continued storms, severe flooding and the widest tornado in U.S. history – Direct Relief’s emergency response team continues to get critical medicines and medical supplies to people affected. With the Moore Medical Center completely destroyed by the tornado,  Direct Relief’s local network of community health care […]

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Collaborating with Palantir, Team Rubicon to Help Oklahomans in Need

Andrew MacCalla (center) works with Team Rubicon on the ground in Moore, Okla. to conduct assessments and better help people in need.

To effectively help people following a disaster like the tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma, emergency responders need good coordination and comprehensive information. It’s clear that people need food, water, shelter and health care, but which people? And where are they? And who has the most urgent need? That’s why Direct Relief teamed up with Palantir Technologies and veteran volunteer organization, […]

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Responding to the Powerhouse Fire in Northern Los Angeles County

Direct Relief has reached out to five of its clinic partners (small yellow markers) near the Powerhouse Fire (large markers).

Direct Relief’s emergency response team is preparing a shipment of fire-related inventory for people suffering from smoke-related symptoms near the massive Powerhouse Fire blazing in northern Los Angeles County. The wildfire, which broke out near Santa Clarita in the Angeles National Forest last Thursday, quickly grew to 45 square miles over the weekend and has forced the evacuations of 1,000 homes. […]

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