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Who is Vulnerable During Hurricanes: 6 Things to Know

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Direct Relief engages in significant emergency preparedness and response efforts related to hurricanes and other natural events. The following list addresses several of the questions that often arise in hurricanes regarding who is most vulnerable, what to look for during, and background on the organization’s preparedness and response activities. 1.  Different risks arise from the natural environment, the built environment, […]

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Local volunteers assemble care packs for those in need

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Direct Relief’s warehouse was full of volunteers of all ages on Wednesday and Thursday working together to assemble 3,000  Personal Care Packs for their neighbors in need. They spent the day placing the donated items into a bag to be boxed up and shipped out to 32 social service agencies throughout Santa Barbara County for the low-income and at-risk individuals […]

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Tropical Storm Isaac Threatens Haiti, Dominican Republic

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With Tropical Storm Isaac rapidly approaching Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Florida, Direct Relief’ activated it’s Emergency Response Team today, who is monitoring the storm and readying emergency supplies. Direct Relief has been in communication with its staff on the ground in Haiti, who are prepared and have standing stock ready to deploy if needed. In advance of this hurricane season, Direct Relief pre-positioned hurricane preparedness packs […]

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NorCal Clinic Receives Emergency Shipment as Ponderosa Fire Grows

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  Direct Relief  sent an emergency shipment to Shingleton Medical Center in response to the fires burning in Northern California. The Ponderosa Fire has scorched 12,000 acres and is threatening over 3,000 structures in Tehama and Shasta Counties. Candy Stockton, Medical Director at Shingleton Medical Center, reports that an estimated 40 to 60 percent of the clinic’s 2,400 patients live in […]

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Medicaid patients surpass uninsured at safety net clinics, but why?

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Direct Relief’s State of the Safety Net 2012 report observed a major shift since 2007 in the number of Medicaid patients seen at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) relative to the number of uninsured patients. By 2010, the number of persons using Medicaid exceeded the number of uninsured for the first time since data was collected on FQHCs. Subsequent conversations […]

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Sikh Temple Shooting: Victim Relief Fund

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Direct Relief is working with members of the Sikh community and other community groups that have received charitable contributions to assist victims of the tragic August 5, 2012, mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. At the request of groups that have received charitable contributions in the aftermath of the profound tragedy, Direct Relief will […]

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