Posts Tagged Emergency Response

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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Japan: Progress and Hope Two Years After the Earthquake and Tsunami

12-year-old Haruka (front) and her family were able to relocate with help from Japan Relief and Recovery Funds. Photo courtesy of the Association for Aid and Relief, Japan.

Two years after the devastating 9.0 Tohoku Earthquake and subsequent tsunami and nuclear disaster struck northern Japan, taking the lives of more than 16,000 people and leaving an estimated 3,000 missing, Direct Relief continues to support long-term recovery efforts to restore health and hope to the people affected. Immediately following the disaster, Direct Relief and the Japanese American Citizens League […]

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Flu Vaccine Assistance to 38 States and Expanding

CVS Flu Clinic @ Healing Hands Ministries in Dallas, TX on Nov. 3, 2011

In what is being reported by public health officials as the worst flu season in the past decade, Direct Relief USA has distributed nearly 200,000 doses of flu vaccine to 265 nonprofit health centers and clinics in 38 states and is working to expand support as the flu season rages on. Direct Relief USA is the nation’s largest nonprofit charitable […]

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Assessing Medical Needs After Typhoon Bopha Batters the Philippines

Typhoon Bopha swept through the Phillipines Tuesday, leaving a path of destruction.

Direct Relief is in contact with hospitals and other healthcare providers in the Philippines, assessing the need for emergency medicines and supplies as information surfaces about devastating damage and loss of life following powerful Typhoon Bopha, known locally as Pablo, which hit the Pacific island nation Tuesday. News sources report more than 300 deaths and several hundred injured and missing, mostly on the hardest-hit island of […]

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