In response to nearly a dozen wildfires burning across California, Direct Relief has offered assistance to health center partners located near the affected areas.
Firefighters throughout the state are battling 11 wildfires, several of which have forced hundreds of residents to evacuate, reports the LA Times.
The fires include the Meadow fire in the Yosemite National Park area to the King fire east of Sacramento to the Silverado fire on the edge of Orange county and the Happy Camp Complex fire on the northern edge of California, among others.
Direct Relief has N-95 particulate masks (which have a higher filtration than paper and surgical masks) on standby as well as other fire-related inventory such as inhalers and nebulizers, first-aid products, medical supplies for eye irritation, and personal care products. These supplies are ready to send to partners should they be requested for affected patients.
When smoke levels are high enough, even healthy people can experience symptoms of abnormal breathing, coughing, chest discomfort and shortness of breath.
Direct Relief works with more than 1,200 health clinics across the U.S. to assist in emergencies and an ongoing basis, providing them with free medications for people in need.
Follow @DirectRelief on Twitter for the latest news from partners as it unfolds.