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Responding to Deadly U.S. Tornadoes

Tornado track through Oklahoma City area in relation to our partners.

As severe storms continue across the central United States – including a two-mile-wide EF4 tornado that tore through the Oklahoma City area this afternoon – Direct Relief is in communication with more than 200 partners in the affected areas and ready to respond to urgent needs. The Emergency Team has been in contact with Debbie Haller, development and coordinator of Community […]

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Preparing to Respond to North Texas Tornadoes

We've reached out to 17 of our 25  partners (yellow) located within 50 miles of tornado touchdowns (red).

Following a string of tornadoes that hit North Texas Wednesday night, Direct Relief has reached out to 17 clinic and health center partners near the affected areas and is prepared to respond to requests for medicines and supplies. At least 10 tornadoes touched down in the region, including an EF4 – the second-highest on the Fujita scale – that tore through the […]

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Breezy Point Volunteer Firefighters Receive Emergency Packs, $10,000 to Rebuild After Sandy

Direct Relief President and CEO, Thomas Tighe, presents a check to the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department.

Direct Relief, Good Morning America Help First Responders Prepare for Emergency  SANTA BARBARA, Calif. , May 7– Humanitarian organization, Direct Relief, equipped the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department with an Emergency Pack for each of its 25 volunteer firefighters as well as donated $10,000 to rebuild their fire house earlier today on Good Morning America. The initiative is part of […]

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Update: California Wildfire Response

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With three major wildfires continuing to blaze across more than 25,000 acres in California, Direct Relief is in contact with a wide-array of support agencies including its clinic partner network, county public health departments, Medical Reserve Corps units, and the Red Cross. Friday afternoon, Direct Relief issued an emergency offer of assistance to 60 clinics and health centers in Tehama, Ventura, Los Angeles, San […]

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Ready to Respond to Southern California Wildfires

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In response to fast-moving brush fires that erupted in Southern California Wednesday night and Thursday morning, Direct Relief is reaching out to partners in the nearby areas and readying its fire-related inventory. The emergency response team is in touch with its health center partners located near the affected areas while also preparing its stock of masks, inhalers, nebulizers and other […]

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More than Meals in St. Mary’s Dining Room

A patient receives treatment at the Dr. Virgil Gianellli Medical Clinic. Photo courtesy of St. Mary's Dining Room.

Despite the looming declaration of bankruptcy in their hometown, Direct Relief partner St. Mary’s Dining Room of Stockton, Calif., continues to respond to increasing poverty in San Joaquin County by providing free meals, health care, and other basic needs to people who have lost their home, are without insurance, and have financial burdens. The need for their services is great. Named […]

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