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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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Direct Relief, Medical Reserve Corps Assist Santa Barbara Residents Affected by Fire

Jesusita Fire

6:55 pm: Direct Relief today deployed staff and 40,000 N95 particulate masks to two sites to assist Santa Barbara residents affected by wildfire smoke from the Jesusita Fire. Watch a video of the event The distribution at two sites, was handled by Direct Relief staff and members of the Santa Barbara Medical Reserve Corps, which was activated in connection with the fire. […]

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Direct Relief, Medical Reserve Corps Open Mask-Distribution Sites in Santa Barbara

Mask Distribution for Jesusita Fire

At the request of the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, Direct Relief today established two distribution sites in Santa Barbara to provide N95 particulate respirators (masks) for local residents affected by the Jesusita Fire. The distribution sites will be staffed by Direct Relief staff and volunteers and members of the Santa Barbara County Medical Reserve Corps. The MRC includes volunteer health physicians, […]

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