News publications and other organizations are encouraged to reuse Direct Relief-published content for free under a Creative Commons License (Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International), given the republisher complies with the requirements identified below.

When republishing:

  • Include a byline with the reporter’s name and Direct Relief in the following format: "Author Name, Direct Relief." If attribution in that format is not possible, include the following language at the top of the story: "This story was originally published by Direct Relief."
  • If publishing online, please link to the original URL of the story.
  • Maintain any tagline at the bottom of the story.
  • With Direct Relief's permission, news publications can make changes such as localizing the content for a particular area, using a different headline, or shortening story text. To confirm edits are acceptable, please check with Direct Relief by clicking this link.
  • If new content is added to the original story — for example, a comment from a local official — a note with language to the effect of the following must be included: "Additional reporting by [reporter and organization]."
  • If republished stories are shared on social media, Direct Relief appreciates being tagged in the posts:
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Republishing Images:

Unless stated otherwise, images shot by Direct Relief may be republished for non-commercial purposes with proper attribution, given the republisher complies with the requirements identified below.

  • Maintain correct caption information.
  • Credit the photographer and Direct Relief in the caption. For example: "First and Last Name / Direct Relief."
  • Do not digitally alter images.

Direct Relief often contracts with freelance photographers who usually, but not always, allow their work to be published by Direct Relief’s media partners. Contact Direct Relief for permission to use images in which Direct Relief is not credited in the caption by clicking here.

Other Requirements:

  • Do not state or imply that donations to any third-party organization support Direct Relief's work.
  • Republishers may not sell Direct Relief's content.
  • Direct Relief's work is prohibited from populating web pages designed to improve rankings on search engines or solely to gain revenue from network-based advertisements.
  • Advance permission is required to translate Direct Relief's stories into a language different from the original language of publication. To inquire, contact us here.
  • If Direct Relief requests a change to or removal of republished Direct Relief content from a site or on-air, the republisher must comply.

For any additional questions about republishing Direct Relief content, please email the team here.

Hurricane Sandy: Preparing for Emergency With Data Analysis


Direct Relief has stepped up efforts to understand the needs of our safety-net health center partners and ready our logistical systems for the possibility of large-scale emergency health needs. At 7 p.m. Sunday, New York City went to full alert in preparation for the imminent landfall of Hurricane Sandy forecasted to arrive Monday evening. At that time, the subway system was shut down and residents living in evacuation zone A, nearest to the water, were advised to evacuate their homes for higher ground further inland.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) storm surge probability model read that the likelihood of a coastal surge exceeding six feet in the immediate vicinity of the five boroughs was nearing a range between 50 – 60 percent.  Red Cross and city hurricane shelters lit up across the map, anticipating thousands upon thousands of persons seeking refuge from the storm.

Within the area in and closely situated around the evacuation zones shown on this map, Direct Relief supports the ongoing work of 54 clinics, health centers, and other public health institutions. New York City maintains three evacuation zones, graded from zone A in red, recommended for mandatory evacuation, to zones B and C in yellow and green which have not yet received such advisories.

Throughout Hurricane Sandy, Direct Relief will provide essential insight through a comprehensive overview of emergency response and public-health events of specific relevance to the primary healthcare safety net and the people seeking care at safety-net facilities. Direct Relief is in the process of integrating and analyzing additional datasets, along with our technology partners at Palantir, include near-real-time open source epidemiological alerts from Healthmap.org; shelter locations dynamically updated from the Red Cross and other government agencies; storm activity alerts from NOAA and the National Weather Service; the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster response and evacuation route data; and local agency reports and crowdsourced feeds as they become available and news reporting.

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