Posts Tagged Hurricanes

Preparation Underway for 2014 Hurricane Season

Direct Relief warehouse staff ready hurricane preparedness packs for at-risk communities across the U.S.

At Direct Relief, hurricane season runs year-round. The team has already started making donation requests to build new preparedness packs and modules for 2014. Since 2007, Direct Relief has annually deployed medical essentials in specially designed Hurricane Preparedness Packs at the start of the season (June 1) to health care facilities in hurricane-prone regions of the U.S. and throughout Latin […]

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Hurricane Season: Preparing for Worst Case Scenario

Direct Relief warehouse staff ready hurricane preparedness packs for at-risk communities across the U.S.

Direct Relief Deploys Country’s Largest Hurricane Preparedness Program as Experts Urge Preparedness, Predict “Extremely Active” Season As the nation braces for the official start of hurricane season on June 1, humanitarian organization, Direct Relief is deploying $2 million of medical essentials in specially designed hurricane-preparedness packs to dozens of its health clinic partners in at-risk communities along the Gulf and […]

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Hurricane Sandy: Fighting the Spread of Cholera in Haiti

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While Direct Relief USA reaches out to clinics on the East Coast, we continue to assess and respond to needs in Haiti where more than 50 people have been reported dead and another 200,000 people were affected by damage to their homes caused by Hurricane Sandy. Because the rains and mudslides destroyed roads and bridges, many people have been cut […]

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Hurricane Sandy: Offering Help Amid Evacuations, Outages

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While Sandy travels further inland, leaving behind thousands of people in shelters and widespread power outages, Direct Relief is actively monitoring needs and offering assistance to health center partners and evacuation centers in 16 states and D.C. affected by the storm. As the only nonprofit licensed to distribute prescription medications in all 50 states and a vast emergency preparedness and response […]

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Hurricane Sandy: N.J. Flooding Poses Health Risks

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With support from technology partner, Palantir, Direct Relief is analyzing real-time data in preparation to respond to needs near Atlantic City, N.J., an area hard hit by severe flooding and strong winds from Hurricane Sandy. Around 6 p.m. EST Monday, Hurricane Sandy made landfall somewhere in the neighborhood of Atlantic City, N.J. The city’s famous boardwalks were quickly overwhelmed and […]

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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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