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."
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  • 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]."
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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.
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  • 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.

California Public Health, Emergency Management Officials Visit Direct Relief

The California Department of Public Health's Chief of Emergency Response, along with other officials, met with Direct Relief to discuss coordinating during future disasters in the state.



State officials tour Direct Relief's cold room, which stores temperature-sensitive medications like insulin and vaccines, within the organization's 155,000-square-foot warehouse. Officials and staff met Wednesday to discuss how to better respond to future emergencies in California. (Tony Morain/Direct Relief)

Representatives from California’s public health and disaster management agencies visited Direct Relief on Wednesday to discuss ways for the state and humanitarian organization to collaborate during future emergencies.

The visitors, who included Tom Aherns, Chief of Emergency Response for the California Department of Public Health, and Bill Simonson, Emergency Manager for the Department of General Services, received a briefing on Direct Relief’s facilities, operations and programs.

They also toured the warehouse and explored several Direct Relief disaster-response items, including an Emergency Medical Pack, a solar mobile generator, and a custom-designed N95 mask, used to filter dangerous microscopic air particles created by wildfires.

State officials and Direct Relief staff also discussed the challenging dynamics of disaster response in California, earthquake response, and the management of cold-chain shipment, used to transport temperature-sensitive medications like vaccines – a meticulous, carefully planned process that is a particular strength of Direct Relief’s.

Since February of 2009, Direct Relief has provided more than $133 million in aid to California, sending disaster response supplies, medication intended for chronic disease management, vaccines, and cash grants for disaster recovery to dozens of partners throughout the state.

The organization has been on the frontlines of disaster response for many of the state’s wildfires, including the Camp, Thomas, and Woolsey Fires, and aided in disaster recovery in the aftermath of the Montecito mudslides. In order to more effectively respond to in-state disasters, Direct Relief created a California Wildfire Map that tracks active and past fires, as well as a map designed to show which California communities are made most vulnerable to wildfires based on age, mobility, and relative poverty.

In addition, Direct Relief has developed partnerships and memorandums of understanding with governments all over the world, and has played a formal role in both routine care and disaster recovery alongside government agencies.

Direct Relief Pharmacist Ruth Smarinsky briefs state officials in Direct Relief's warehouse Wednesday. (Tony Morain/Direct Relief)
Direct Relief Pharmacist Ruth Smarinsky briefs state officials in Direct Relief’s warehouse Wednesday. (Tony Morain/Direct Relief)

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