Operational Update: Alisal Fire Response, Covid-19 Vaccine Support Continue

N95 masks and medical support provided to firefighters, public agencies, schools and the public in response to wildfire that has expanded to thousands of acres in Santa Barbara County.

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Aerial photos of the Alisal Fire burning north of Santa Barbara on Oct. 13, 2021. The fire prompted evacuations this week and caused air quality impacts in the region. Direct Relief assisted firefighters and other agencies responding to the wildfire, as well as with public distribution of masks and other medical aid. (Photo courtesy of Los Padres National Forest)
Aerial photos of the Alisal Fire burning north of Santa Barbara on Oct. 13, 2021. The fire prompted evacuations this week and caused air quality impacts in the region. Direct Relief assisted firefighters and other agencies responding to the wildfire, as well as with public distribution of masks and other medical aid. (Photo courtesy of Los Padres National Forest)

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 488 shipments of requested medical aid to 44 U.S. states and territories and 12 countries worldwide.

The shipments contained 1.8 million defined daily doses of medication, including specialty oncology drugs, diabetes management therapies including insulin, rare disease therapies, antibiotics, nutritional products, and ongoing Covid-19 support such as oxygen concentrators, and personal protective equipment, including gowns, gloves, masks and face shields.

This week also included response to the Alisal Fire, which broke out on Oct. 11 in Santa Barbara County about 40 miles north of Direct Relief’s warehouse headquarters, and the organization has been working to support the local community with requests. Covid-19 vaccine support and pandemic response also continued locally and around the world.

Wildfire Response

N95 masks are handed out to the public, free-of-charge on Oct. 14, 2021, in response to air quality impacts from the Alisal Fire burning north of Santa Barbara. (Lara Cooper/Direct Relief)

Smoky air impacted the region this week, with some locations registering unhealthy levels of particulates in the air. In response, thousands of masks were distributed to firefighters responding to the Alisal Fires, including delivery of N95 masks and eye drops to Santa Barbara County Fire Departments’ incident command, as well as to firefighters working on Thursday to Earl Warren Showgrounds, where emergency personnel staged firefighting operations. Masks and eye drops were also delivered to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, Santa Barbara County Behavioral Health, and Santa Barbara County Animal Services, which had requested supplies for ranchers returning to care for animals.

N95 masks were also delivered to local libraries in Montecito, downtown Santa Barbara, Eastside and Carpinteria branches for distribution to the public. Alpha Resource Center, a nonprofit that serves adults with developmental disabilities, also received N95 masks from Direct Relief for their clients. This week the organization also offered up its inventory of N95 masks to the public, and more than 43,000 N95 masks were distributed between UCSB Student Health, Goleta Union and Santa Barbara Unified School Districts. In total, more than 80,000 N95 masks were delivered this week.

Direct Relief staff deliver more than 30,000 N95 masks to UCSB Student Health Services on Oct. 15, 2021, in response to the Alisal Fire. (Amarica Rafanelli/Direct Relief)

A SimpliPhi backup power unit was delivered to the Isla Vista Neighborhood Clinic for use in case of a power outage. The unit can power refrigeration for several days, ensuring temperature control for sensitive therapies, including vaccines and insulin, at risk of spoilage if power is interrupted. The response will continue as fire crews work to bring the blaze under control.

Cold Chain Support

Direct Relief also stored Covid-19 vaccines for a local health facility this week. Pfizer vaccines for American Indian Health and Services in Santa Barbara were stored in the organization’s ultracold freezers, part of Direct Relief’s cold chain capacity meant to support temperature-sensitive therapies.

Covid-19 vaccines for American Indian Health and Services in Santa Barbara are stored at Direct Relief’s warehouse inside of ultracold storage on Oct. 14, 2021. (Lara Cooper/Direct Relief)g

Covid-19 vaccines for American Indian Health and Services in Santa Barbara are stored at Direct Relief’s warehouse inside of ultracold storage on Oct. 14, 2021. (Lara Cooper/Direct Relief)g

In addition to vaccine storage and fire support, Direct Relief also continues to host a Covid-19 testing bus at its facility where members of the public can sign up and receive a free Covid-19 test.

A Covid-19 testing site operates in Direct Relief’s parking lot on Oct. 14, 2021. (Lara Cooper/Direct Relief)

In the U.S., Direct Relief delivered 473 shipments weighing 10,910 lbs and containing 1.1M doses of medications over the past week.

  • Recipients included:
  • Welvista – South Carolina
  • NC MedAssist – North Carolina
  • CommunityHealth – Illinois
  • Santa Clara County Warehouse – California
  • University Health – Truman Medical Center – Missouri
  • Fairview Community Health Center – Kentucky
  • UNC Health Care – North Carolina
  • University Health – Lakewood Medical Center – Missouri
  • Good News Care Center – Florida
  • EXCELth Primary Health Care – Louisiana

Globally, Direct Relief this week shipped more than 734,415 defined daily doses of medication totaling 71,211 lbs.

Countries receiving medical aid over the past week included:

  • Armenia
  • Malawi
  • Ethiopia
  • Armenia
  • Honduras
  • Peru
  • Zimbabwe
  • Palestinian Territories
  • Ukraine
  • Honduras
  • El Salvador
  • India

Since January 1, 2021, Direct Relief has delivered 18.7K shipments to 2,274 partner organizations in 55 U.S. states and territories and 95 countries. These shipments contained 193.4M defined daily doses of medication valued at $1.7B (wholesale) and totaled 7.6M lbs.   

Direct Relief has also supported the following organizations this year with $56.5 million in grant funding:

Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services Center
Advance Community Health, Inc.
AHA Centre
Albany Area Primary Health Care
Alemtsehay Breast Cancer Foundation Inc.
Alliance for Medical Outreach & Relief
AltaMed Health Services Corporation
AltaPointe Health Systems, Inc.
Amistad Community Health Center
Ammonoosuc Community Health Services
Ampla Health Del Norte Clinics, Inc.
Amref Health Africa
Amrita Inst Med Sci / Mata Amritanandamayi
Anera HQ
Angel Wings International
Anson Regional Medical Services, Inc.
Anthony L. Jordan Health Corporation
Arcoiris
Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers
Arroyo Vista Family Health Center
Asian American Health Coalition dba HOPE Clinic
Asociación de Salud Comunitaria de las Islas de la Bahía
Asociación de Salud Primaria de PR
Asociación Mexicana de Diabetes en la Ciudad de México
Asociación Puertorriqueña de Diabetes, Inc.
Asociación Vida Perú
Association des Diabétiques du Congo (ADIC)
Association Malgache contre le Diabète A.MA.DIA
Atlantic Medical Center Sabana Hoyos
Australian Childhood Foundation
B.P. Eye Foundation, Hospital for Children Eye ENT and Rehabilitation Services (CHEERS)
Banyan Community Health Center, Inc.
Barrio Comprehensive Family Health Care
Batey Relief Alliance (BRA)
Baylor College of Medicine – Children’s Foundation Malawi
Bayou Clinic
Bond Community Health Center
Borinquen Health Care Center, Inc.
Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation
Brockton Neighborhood Health Center
Bronx Community Health Network, Inc.
Broward Community & Family Health Center
Brownsville Multi-Service
Butte County Public Health Department
Cactus Health Services, Inc.
Camuy Health Services, Inc.
Care Resource
CareMessage
Caring Health Center
CCBRT Disability Hospital
CCI – Silver Spring
Central Florida Family Health Center – True Health
Centro de Salud Familiar Dr. Julio Palmieri Ferri, Inc.
Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc.
Centro de Servicios Primarios de Salud de Patillas, Inc.
Centro de Servicios Primarios de Salud, Inc.
Centro para los Adolescentes de San Miguel de Allende, A.C.
Centros Integrados de Servicios de Salud
Chapman University
Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, Inc.
Charles River Community Health
Charter Oak Health Center
Cherokee Health Systems Knoxville
Children in Trouble
Clean Energy Group, Inc.
Clinicas Del Camino Real, Inc.
Coal Country Community Health Center
Codman Square Health Center
Colorado Coalition For The Homeless
Columbia Valley Community Health
Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County
Community Health Assn. of Spokane CHAS Administration Office
Community Health Care
Community Health Care Association of New York State
Community Health Care, Inc. dba CompleteCare Health Network
Community Health Care, Inc. Edgerton Women’s Health Center
Community Health Center Association of Mississippi
Community Health Center of Buffalo
Community Health Center of Richmond
Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas
Community Health Centers
Community Health Centers of Pinellas, Inc.
Community Health Centers of The Central Coast
Community Health Clinics dba Terry Reilly Health Services
Community Health Foundation of Puerto Rico
Community Health of South Florida
Community Health Systems
Community Healthcare Network
Community Partners International
Community-University Health Care Center University of Minnesota
CommWell Health Administration Office
Concilio de Salud Integral de Loiza, Inc.
Conference of National Black Churches
CORE Response
Cornerstone Care, Inc.
Corporación de Servicios Médicos Primarios y Prevención de Hatillo, Inc.
Corporacion SANOS
COSSMA, Inc.
Costa Salud Community Health Centers Rincón
County of Mono
Country Doctor Community Health Centers Country Doctor Community Clinic
COVID-19 Africa Action Network for Nurses & Midwives (AAN)
Cowlitz Family Health Center
Crescent Community Health Center
Cumberland Family Medical Center, Inc.
Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital
Delta Health Center
Denver Health and Hospital Authority
Dhulikhel Hospital Kathmandu University Hospital
Dimock Community Health Center
Diversity Health Center, Inc.
Dot House Health
East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Corporation
East Georgia Healthcare, Inc.
Edna Adan University Hospital
Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
El Punto en la Montaña, Inc.
Elaine Ellis Center of Health, Inc.
EMERGENCY USA Life Support For Civilian Victims of War
Esperanza Health Centers
Evangel Vesico Vaginal Fistula Center
Fair Haven Community Health Clinic, Inc.
Family Health Centers
Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida
Fenway Community Health Center
Fetter Health Care Network
Finger Lakes Migrant Health Care Project, Inc.
Florida Association of Community Health Centers
Florida Community Health Centers
Fort Defiance Indian Hospital Board Tse’Hootsooi’ Medical Center
Foundation for Puerto Rico
Foundation of Amazon Sustainability
FoundCare, Inc.
Fundación Banco Medicamentos y Bienestar
Fundación Bechara
Fundación Centro Pediátrico de Diabetes
Fundación De Obras Sociales De San Vicente I.A.P.
Fundación Fraternidad sin Fronteras IAP
Fundación Infantil Ronald McDonald de Puerto Rico, Inc.
Fundación Solidaria del Divino Niño Jesús, Inc.
Gift of the Givers Foundation
Golden Valley Health Centers
Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb
Greater New Bedford Community Health Center
Groundswell UK
Gynocare Women’s & Fistula Hospital
Harbor Health Services
Harbor Homes, Inc.
Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center, Inc
Health Alliance International
Health Equity International
Health Futures Foundation Inc.
Health Net, Inc
Health Partners of Western Ohio
Health ProMed Foundation, Inc.
Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida Collier Health Services
HealthInova
HealthLinc, Inc.
HealthPoint
Heart of Florida Health Center Administration
Heart of God Care Centre
Heart of Texas Community Health Center
HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two dba Open Health Care Clinic
Hogar Albergue Para Niños Jesús de Nazaret, Inc.
Holyoke Health Center
HOPE Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh, Inc.
Horizon Health Care, Inc. Administration
Hospital Comunitario Buen Samaritano,
Hospital General de Castañer, Inc.
Hospital Pediátrico Universitario Dr. Antonio Ortiz (Centro Medico)
Hudson Headwaters Health Network
Innis Community Health Center
Integrate Health
Interfaith Clinic
International Community Health Services
J.C. Lewis Health Care Center
Jefferson Comprehensive Health Center
Jericho Road Community Health Center
Jessie Trice Community Health
Johns Hopkins University
Junta de Beneficencia de Guayaquil
JWCH Institute, Inc.
Kathmandu Model Hospital/ Public Health Concern Trust-NEPAL
Kintegra Family Medicine-Hudson
La Familia Counseling Center
La Maestra Community Health Centers
Lamprey Health Care, Inc.
Lifelong Medical Care Administration
Lincoln Community Health Center Incorporated
Lwala Community Alliance
Lynn Community Health, Inc.
Maple City Health Care Center
Marillac Community Health Centers
Marshall Islands Ministry of Health and Human Services
Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care
Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
MCR Health, Inc.
Med Centro, Inc.
Medical Associates Plus
Medical Genetics Department Faculty of Medicine
Mendocino Community Health Clinic, Inc. Hillside Health Center
Metro Community Provider Network
Midwives for Haiti
Migrant Health Center Western Region, Inc.
Moreno Valley Family Health Center Community Health Systems, Inc.
Morovis Community Health Center, Inc.
Moses Lake Community Health Center
Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation
Mountain Park Health Center
Murshid Hospital and Health Care Centre
National Alliance for Hispanic Health
National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics
National Black Church Initiative
National Black Nurses Association
Native Action, Inc.
NC MedAssist
Neighborhood Health
Neighborhood Health Center of WNY, Inc
Neighborhood Healthcare Administration
Neighborhood Medical Center, Inc.
NeoMed Center, Inc.
Nevada Health Centers Carson City Administration
NEW Health Programs Association
Newark Community Health Centers
Nia Tero
North Country Family Health Center, Inc.
North East Medical Services
North Florida Medical Centers, Inc.
North Hudson Community Action Corporation-Administration
Northeast Community Clinic
Northeast Florida Health Services Family Health Source
Northeast Valley Health Corporation Corporate Office
Omni Family Health
OneWorld Community Health Center
Onkwehon:we Midwives Collective
Open Door Family Medical Centers, Inc.
Opportunities Industrialization Center
Optimus Health Care
Outer Cape Health Services
Oxnard Firefighters Foundation, Inc.
Palms Medical Group
Pancare of Florida, Inc. CHC Bay County
ParkTree Community Health Center
Partnership Health Center
Patan Academy of Health Sciences (PAHS)
Patronato Pro Hospital Civil de Tijuana
Peninsula Community Health Services
People to People Aid Corporation
PERC, Inc.
Person Family Medical Center
Piedmont Health Services
Por Los Nuestros, Inc.
PR CONCRA Puerto Rico Community Network for Clinical Research on Aids, Inc.
Premier Community HealthCare Administrative Office
Primary Care Medical Services of Poinciana, Inc. Osceola Community Health Services
Primary Health Care, Inc.
Primary Healthcare Centers of Dade, Inc.
Project Health, Inc. dba Langley Health Services
PryMed Medical Care, Inc.
Public Health Management Corporation
Public Health Seattle & King County
QueensCare Health Centers
Rahmawati Husein
Richford Health Center, Inc.
Rio Beni Health Foundation
Rotary Action Group for Family Safety
Rural Health Group
Ruth Paz Foundation, Inc. Michael Paz, President
SAC Health System
Salud Integral en la Montaña, Inc.
Salud Para La Gente
Salvadoran American Humanitarian Foundation (SAHF)
Santa Barbara County Fire Dept
Santa Barbara Education Foundation
Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics Eastside Neighborhood Clinic
Santa Rosa Community Health Centers Brookwood Health Center
Sea Mar Community Health Centers
Self-Help for the Elderly
Servicios de Salud Primarios de Barceloneta d/b/a Atlantic Medical Center
Settlement Health & Medical Services
Shalom Health Care Center
Shanti Foundation
Share Our Selves Community Health Center
Sinergias Alianzas Estratégicas Para La Salud y el Desarrollo Social
Solar Responder
Solukhumbu Polytechnical Academy
South Boston Community Health Center
South Cove Community Health Center
Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative Pharmacy
Southwest Community Health Center
Spectra Health
Spring Branch Community Health Center
St. Luke Foundation for Haiti
St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor
St. Thomas Community Health Center
Summit Community Care Clinic
Sun Life Family Health Center
Suncoast Community Health Centers Administrative Offices
Sunrise Community Health
Sunset Park Family Health Center at NYU Langone
Susquehanna Community Health & Dental Clinic, Inc.
Syrian American Medical Society Foundation
Tampa Family Health Centers
Terre des Hommes Hellas
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
The Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Inc.
The Center for Family and Child Enrichment, Inc.
The Family Health Centers of Georgia Inc.
The Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, Inc. DBA Family Medicine Health Center
The Floating Hospital
The Healing Kadi Foundation/ Covenant Presbyterian Church
The Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County
The Institute for Family Health
The MAVEN Project
The Navajo Nation
Thunder Bay Community Health Service, Inc.
Triangle Area Network
Tri-Cities Community Health
Tri-City Health Center
Tumaini La Maisha Tanzania
Turner House Clinic, Inc. (d/b/a: Vibrant Health)
Uganda Cancer Institute
UMMA Community Clinic
UNC Project Tidziwe Research and Care Centre
United Way Bengaluru
Unity Health Care, Inc.
University of KwaZulu Natal
Upham’s Corner Health Center
Urban Health Plan, Inc.
Valley Wide Health Systems
Via Care Community Health Center
Village Reach
Vista Community Clinic
Westside Family Healthcare
Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center, Inc.
Whittier Street Health Center
William F. Ryan Community Health Center
World Heart Federation
Yakima Neighborhood Health Services
Yayasan Bumi Sehat
Yemen Aid, Inc.

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