Emergency Response

As Harvey Floodwaters Rose, Health Workers Needed a Rescue of Their Own

On the morning of Aug. 30, 2017, My-Eisha Casmire greeted the sun with her husband and two-year-old son from the roof their […]

Shipments of Critical Aid Continue for Puerto Rico, Including Islands of Vieques and Culebra [VIDEO]

It’s been more than four months since Hurricane Maria churned a devastating path through Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Since then, Direct […]

Residents Suit Up for Return to Mudslide-Impacted Homes

Thousands of people have been displaced since deadly mudslides ripped through Montecito earlier this month. On Thursday, some residents returned to their […]

Direct Relief Commits $100,000 to 805 UndocuFund; Equips First Responders in Wake of Wildfires, Mudslide

Direct Relief has committed an initial $100,000 to assist undocumented residents in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties impacted by the Thomas Fire and […]

My Disaster Relief Agency Is Based Near Montecito. Now Disaster Has Hit Home.

(Editor’s note: This column was originally published in the Sacramento Bee on Jan. 12, 2018.) Because the nonprofit humanitarian-aid organization I work […]

After the Mudslide, Protecting Public Health

(Editor’s note: This press release was originally published by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department here.) The storm and mudslide event […]