Posts Tagged Emergency Response

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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Monitoring Partners Near Bay of Bengal as Cyclone Mahasen Approaches

Direct Relief's Emergency Team is using Palantir technology to monitor its health center partners (shown in yellow) in relation to Cyclone Mahasen's path.

As Cyclone Mahasen moves over the Bay of Bengal toward the coast of Bangladesh and Myanmar, Direct Relief is reaching out to its health center partners located in the storm’s projected path and is preparing to respond to urgent requests. The cyclone – which is expected to make landfall Thursday – has already brought heavy rains to Sri Lanka, causing […]

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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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Prepared to Respond to Flooding in the Midwest

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In response to recent flooding in the Midwest – and specifically in Illinois, where today Governor Pat Quinn declared a state of emergency – Direct Relief is in communication with its clinical partner network and is prepared to respond to urgent requests. Through the use of software from technology partner Palantir and flash flood warning zone data from the National Weather Service,  Direct Relief identified […]

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Improving Disaster Response through Information Analysis with Palantir

After Hurricane Sandy, Direct Relief was able to view evacuation zones in relation to our clinic partners to understand areas of highest need.

In the early hours after Hurricane Sandy struck the eastern United States very little was known with reasonable certainty about how the storm was affecting specific areas, particularly those areas with a disproportionate share of low-income and socially-vulnerable people. Direct Relief was busy at the time assembling and cross-referencing datasets on everything from weather forecasts to pharmacy status to electrical […]

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