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Operational Update: Responding to California Storms, Flooding

Medical aid shipped to health centers and free clinics across the state in response to atmospheric rivers inundating communities.



Direct Relief dispatched multiple immediate shipments of requested aid to partners across California in response to two back-to-back atmospheric rivers that brought destructive flooding and winds to the state. (Brianna Newport/Direct Relief)

Over the past seven days, Direct Relief has delivered 310 shipments of requested medical aid to 40 U.S. states and territories and 14 countries worldwide.

The shipments contained 12.9 million defined daily doses of medication and supplies, including prenatal vitamins, wound care supplies, surgical essentials and more.

Responding to California Storms

California experienced two back-to-back atmospheric rivers, with the second causing widespread damage from flooding and high winds. An estimated 520 mudslides have occurred in Los Angeles alone, resulting in nine deaths. Authorities are warning of the prolonged danger of landslides as the weather has eased, but has left the ground unstable.

In response, Direct Relief dispatched multiple immediate shipments of requested aid to partner organizations across the state. Field medic packs, filled with items for triage care outside of clinic walls, and personal care kits, packed with hygiene items like soap, toothbrushes, and toothpaste, departed Direct Relief’s warehouse this week in Santa Barbara, California, for distribution to organizations, including R.OA.D.S. Community Care Clinic, Universal Community Health Center, and the Children’s Clinic.

Earlier this week, direct Relief delivered additional shipments of requested supplies to healthcare centers in San Diego, including YMCA San Diego and Imperial Beach Community Clinic. California Emergency Medical Services Agency (Cal EMSA) also received 40 requested field medic packs for teams deployed throughout the state in response to the storms.

The organization will continue to respond as needs become known.

Monitoring Chile Wildfires

Since February 1, multiple fires have impacted central and southern Chile. An intense heatwave and dry conditions led to the burning of 14,000 homes and more than 64,200 acres of land in Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

Direct Relief is in direct communication with PAHO and Fundacion FEDES on emerging needs related to this event. This week, PAHO will ship ten Direct Relief field medic packs and additional emergency supplies to Chile.

Operational Snapshot


Over the last week, Direct Relief shipped more than 11.4 million defined daily doses of medication outside the U.S.

Countries that received medical aid over the past week included:

  • Sierra Leone
  • Ghana
  • Malawi
  • Philippines
  • Dominican Republic
  • Uganda
  • India
  • Guatemala
  • Sri Lanka
  • Fiji
  • Peru
  • Romania


Direct Relief delivered 272 shipments containing over six tons of medications during the past seven days to organizations, including the following:

  • Cabell-Huntington Health Department, West Virginia
  • Clinica Esperanza/ Hope Clinic, Rhode Island
  • Fundacion Manos Juntas, Oklahoma
  • Hands of Hope Medical Clinic, North Carolina
  • Amistad Community Health Center, Texas
  • Guadalupe Clinic, Kansas
  • Texas Native Health, Texas
  • NewHope Clinic, Kentucky
  • Camillus Health Concern, Florida
  • Healthcare for the Homeless-Houston, Texas


Since January 1, 2024, Direct Relief has delivered 2,421 shipments to 988 partner organizations in 51 U.S. states and territories and 41 countries.

These shipments contained 40 million defined daily doses of medication totaling 462,143 lbs.

In the News

How to help California victims of atmospheric river floods – FOX Weather

Direct Relief and Red Cross help storm victims up and down the coast – KEYT

Volunteers help with sand bags in Montecito – KEYT

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