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.

Improving Disaster Response through Information Analysis with Palantir


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 power to clinical health conditions and demographics in an effort to gain a more complete understanding about the probable impacts on our partners, the patients they serve, and the health needs that would result to which we were capable of responding.

Palantir’s cutting-edge data integration and analysis platform amplified the scale, speed, and precision of this work in significant ways, which in turn amplified Direct Relief’s capacity over the coming days and weeks to respond in efficient, timely and accurate ways in order to mitigate the impact of the storm on the region’s most vulnerable people.

As Direct Relief’s CEO, Thomas Tighe phrased it during a recent talk he gave at Palantir’s Palo Alto headquarters Feb. 18th, “When an emergency event happens, the urgency to act is very high and the information upon which to act is very low. One of the great challenges that Palantir is trying to help Direct Relief and other groups solve is, ‘how can you have better information upon which to act, particularly when there’s an urgent need to act?”

As preparations continue for new emergencies which may arise, Direct Relief is focusing on helping to solve the informational problems associated with disaster response through better data collection, aggregation and analysis. Our collaboration with Team Rubicon and others on Palantir’s recent commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative is a leading example of how intelligent partnerships built around the best informational tools available can help to improve the quality, pace and targeted effectiveness of response to emergency events, by a broad range of actors, particularly during the immediate hours and days when responders have traditionally known the least.


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