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Hurricane Florence: Essential Medicines and Supplies Staged as Storm Approaches East Coast

Direct Relief has offered additional medical support to health centers in the hurricane's projected path.



Hurricane Florence has intensified to a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 130 mph as it approaches the U.S. East Coast. Residents along the coast are preparing for the storm’s impacts, including heavy rains and strong winds, which is expected to make landfall later this week.

Direct Relief has offered support to more than 200 healthcare partners that are currently in the storm’s projected path to coordinate potential relief efforts. At the start of hurricane season, hurricane-specific medicines and supplies were also prepositioned in locations serving high-risk areas along the coast and can be opened by health centers should they be needed.

Hurricane preparedness is central to Direct Relief’s emergency efforts in the United States, and began with the organization’s response to Hurricane Katrina in 2004.

Essential medicines and supplies are delivered to secure locations near hurricane-prone areas prior to hurricane season each year. The organization also keeps a stock of emergency medical supplies at its headquarters for high-risk areas should the need for additional support arise.

Financial support from Direct Relief’s long-time partner, FedEx, supported the delivery of hurricane-specific medicines and supplies donated by the following companies:

3M; Abbott; Alcon; Apotex; BD; Boehringer Ingelheim; Lilly; Merck; Omron; Pfizer; Sanofi.

Hurricane Preparedness Packs are built inside Direct Relief's warehouse on August 1, 2018. The packs contain essential medicines and supplies and are prepositioned in hurricane and typhoon-prone areas around the world. (Lara Cooper/Direct Relief)
Hurricane Preparedness Packs are built inside Direct Relief’s warehouse on August 1, 2018. The packs contain essential medicines and supplies and are prepositioned in hurricane and typhoon-prone areas around the world. (Lara Cooper/Direct Relief)

Direct Relief is closely monitoring Hurricane Florence and will continue to provide information as the situation evolves.

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