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Poor Air Quality a Health Concern in Station Fire


Direct Relief staff met today with representatives from the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) and the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) to coordinate emergency aid to area health facilities during the Station Fire, which has burned more than 105,000 acres and threatens more than 10,000 homes. Air quality in the greater Los Angeles area is the most […]

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Direct Relief Offers Emergency Aid in Response to L.A.-Area Fires


Direct Relief today extended emergency medical assistance to partner clinics and health centers in Los Angeles County in response to the Rancho Palos Verdes Fire and the Station Fire, burning near La Cañada. Working in close collaboration with the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) and the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC), Direct Relief has activated its emergency […]

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24,000 N95 Particulate Respirators Distributed to Public at Height of Fire

Jesusita Fire Mask Distribution

With the Jesusita Fire expected to be fully contained May 20, Direct Relief has resumed normal-operation footing while continuing to assist as needed with local follow-up efforts. During the weeklong fire emergency, which caused mass evacuations, threatened highly populated areas of Santa Barbara, and burned over 8,700 acres and 99 structures, Direct Relief— • Maintained round-the-clock staffing and coordination with local public […]

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Third Mask Distribution Saturday from 12 to 3 PM


Direct Relief staff and volunteers will be distributing free N95 particulate respirators to the public from 12 to 3 pm today at two sites: Scolari’s Food Co., 222 North Milpas in Santa Barbara, and Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave., Goleta. The protective masks are especially helpful for people who must be outside in the smoke and ash and those with respiratory conditions. Direct Relief is […]

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20,000 Respirators Distributed to Residents, Responders, and Evacuees in Shelters

Tea Fire N95 Mask Distribution

6 pm: With the completion today of a second consecutive community-based distribution effort at three sites in Santa Barbara, Direct Relief has furnished more than 20,000 N95 particulate respirators to local residents, emergency responders, and those staying in shelters. Direct Relief today also resupplied the Jesusita Fire Incident Command Center, from which hundreds of firefighting crews and vehicles are being directed in […]

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Direct Relief, Public Health Dept. Assemble Medical Shelter at UCSB

Jesusita Fire Evacuation Center UCSB

Direct Relief emergency response to the Jesusita Fire continued throughout last night, when Direct Relief was asked to help establish at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) a medical shelter for evacuees requiring special needs. Direct Relief emergency staff rapidly tapped and delivered emergency stockpiles of inventory from its warehouse distribution center and worked throughout the night with UCSB […]

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