Responding to Deadly Midwest Tornadoes



Direct Relief’s emergency team has offered assistance to its clinic and health center partners located near the areas of Indiana and Illinois where more than 80 tornadoes were sighted Sunday, killing at least six people and injuring 200 more.

Though the storms are over, the risks aren’t.

With as many as 400 homes destroyed in Washington, Ill. alone, many people are evacuated from their homes and may be without their medications for chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma and heart disease.

Moreover, the clean up and rescue activities can cause as many injuries as the storm itself. Falling objects and sharp debris, like nails, can cause acute wounds and put people at risk of contracting bacterial diseases, such as tetanus. Damaged power lines, gas lines, or electrical systems can increase risk of fire, electrocution, or an explosion.

Direct Relief has offered items such as antibiotics, wound care, personal protection items, and chronic disease medicines in stock at its warehouse and has made these items available for its clinic network who may be treating people affected by the storms.

In addition, Direct Relief is in communication with the National Association of Community Health Centers, the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, the Illinois Primary Health Care Association, and the Indiana Primary Health Care Association regarding how to assist.

Direct Relief is prepared to respond to any request it receives for assistance.

For updates on this response, please follow @DirectRelief on Twitter.

*Post last updated at 5:05 p.m. PST Nov. 19

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