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."
  • If publishing online, please link to the original URL of the story.
  • Maintain any tagline at the bottom of the story.
  • 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]."
  • If republished stories are shared on social media, Direct Relief appreciates being tagged in the posts:
    • Twitter (@DirectRelief)
    • Facebook (@DirectRelief)
    • Instagram (@DirectRelief)

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.
  • Republishers may not sell Direct Relief's content.
  • Direct Relief's work is prohibited from populating web pages designed to improve rankings on search engines or solely to gain revenue from network-based advertisements.
  • 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.

Medical Aid Dispatched to Storm-Drenched Communities in California

With more storms on the way, support departs for health organizations, including nonprofit serving people living outdoors in Northern California.


Extreme Weather

Personal care items for Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless are packed and shipped from Direct Relief's warehouse on Jan. 5, 2023. Requests from across California were filled after serious storms caused flooding and power outages. (Lara Cooper/Direct Relief)

A powerful storm system moved through California this week, with more disruption expected in the coming days.

An atmospheric river moved through the state Wednesday, causing major flooding in areas that were already saturated by earlier heavy rains. Northern California communities were particularly impacted, with power outages, infrastructure damage, and even several levee breaches.

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, and Direct Relief has been in contact with numerous state and county agencies about medical needs.

Multiple shipments departed Direct Relief’s warehouse on Thursday, including the shipment of 400 personal care kits for Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless in Northern California. The kits contain items like soap, shampoo, and dental hygiene supplies.

David Modersbach, grants manager with Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless, said that the organization is concerned with how people who are unhoused will manage during and after the storms.

“We’re really focused on supporting unsheltered people immediately through helping unsheltered, and other weather-affected vulnerable people, access emergency storm/warming centers, which are being operated by local cities, and after the end of the storm, we will be working to help people dry their belongings and safely resettle after emergency warming facilities are closed,” Modersbach said.

“Hygiene kits will be important, as well as other supplies that we are sourcing, such as tarps, tents, access to laundry and dryers.”

Shipments also departed for the San Francisco Free Clinic, as well as Primary Care at Home in Oakland.

Direct Relief also received requests from North East Medical Services, which has operations across the Bay Area, as well as other health facilities in California and will be filling those shipments in the coming days.

Giving is Good Medicine

You don't have to donate. That's why it's so extraordinary if you do.