Posts Tagged Emergency Response

Big Data vs. Big Storm: New Technology Informs Hurricane Sandy Preparedness, Response

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As Hurricane Sandy slams the East Coast with winds reaching  speeds of 75-85 mph, Direct Relief is ready to respond to urgent requests from partner clinics and health centers for needed medicines and supplies to treat those affected by the storm. Working with analytical and data visualization tools from technology partner, Palantir, Direct Relief is able to to pinpoint clinic partners located in […]

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Hurricane Sandy Threatens East Coast

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As Hurricane Sandy  heads north, threatening portions of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, Direct Relief has sent  notifications and offers of assistance to approximately 300 clinical partners in 17 states and D.C. along its projected path. So far, Direct Relief has not received any responses or requests from these partners. Direct Relief’s emergency response team is actively monitoring the situation. Three […]

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The Critical Role Community Health Centers Play Across the U.S.

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Direct Relief and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) have worked closely together since the days following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. NACHC has been instrumental in helping Direct Relief connect with health centers throughout the country—both on an ongoing basis, and during emergencies. I asked Mollie Melbourne, the Director of Emergency Management at NACHC, about Direct Relief’s health […]

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Generator Enables Health Center in Missouri to Run During Emergencies

Following the severe storms in 2011 that devastated communities throughout the Midwest,  Direct Relief contributed $50,000 to Katy Trail Community Health Center in Sedalia, Mo. for  the purchase and installation of a generator.   The generator enables the facility to remain open during power outages so they can serve their community and provide backup support for their local hospital and health department […]

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Guatemala Partner Ready With Hurricane Module to Treat Volcano Evacuees

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In response to the eruption of Volcano del Fuego  – which has forced the evacuation of over 33,000 people living around Guatemala’s capital city, Antigua – Direct Relief”s long time partner, God’s Child Project was able to mobilize pre-positioned emergency supplies and immediately respond to the natural disaster. Direct Relief originally sent the supplies as part of a hurricane preparedness module […]

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Collaborating with FedEx to Strengthen Emergency Preparedness

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FedEx continued their ongoing support of Direct Relief by granting $250,000 this week to strengthen key emergency preparedness programs—just in time for National Preparedness Month. A premiere supporter of Direct Relief’s disaster preparedness and response, the two groups have collaborated since 1993 to improve the health of people affected by the daily emergency of lacking access to medical care as […]

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