Posts Tagged Palantir

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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Preparing to Respond to North Texas Tornadoes

We've reached out to 17 of our 25  partners (yellow) located within 50 miles of tornado touchdowns (red).

Following a string of tornadoes that hit North Texas Wednesday night, Direct Relief has reached out to 17 clinic and health center partners near the affected areas and is prepared to respond to requests for medicines and supplies. At least 10 tornadoes touched down in the region, including an EF4 – the second-highest on the Fujita scale – that tore through the […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: The Tech Squad

Lisa (left) and Shailja (right) smile outside of the IT trailer.

(Part 2/4) In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 21-27, 2013), each day, Direct Relief will highlight dedicated volunteers who help make the work possible. Learn about some of the wonderful people behind the scenes. Humbly tapping their keyboards alongside Direct Relief’s information technology (IT) team,  Lisa Breyfogle and Shailja Trivedi are a part of a cutting-edge undertaking to more […]

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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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Strata Conference Sparks New Ideas for Using Big Data for Good

Direct Relief's work with Palantir Technologies after Hurricane Sandy was highlighted at the conference.

Direct Relief’s Research and Analytics Associate, Jen Lemberger, is at the O’Reilly Media, Inc. Strata Conference held Feb. 26-28 in Santa Clara, Calif. The conference brings together leading minds in big data. Below she explains how what she has learned at the conference so far will lead to new tools, ideas, and approaches for Direct Relief. You can follow her […]

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