After Typhoon Hagupit (locally known as Ruby) made landfall in the Philippines, Direct Relief staff on the ground is coordinating response and maintaining contact with partner facilities and organizations across the affected regions. Here’s how Direct Relief is working in the area:
Three strategically pre-positioned preparedness modules are on the ground. Each of these modules contain medicines and supplies to care for 5,000 people for one month. Two are now at regional hospitals in the path of the storm and a third is at the warehouse in Cebu, ready to be sent wherever it is most needed. In addition, other stocks of medical supplies were recently delivered to Direct Relief’s warehouse and partners in the Philippines.
Equipping first responders
Direct Relief is working with officials at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council who coordinate and carry out emergency response plans for the Philippines. They have a supply of Emergency Medical Packs, created for first responders. Direct Relief is also providing supplies for medical relief teams like Mammoth Medical Missions.
Coordinating with trusted partners
Since Typhoon Haiyan struck this same part of the Philippines just over one year ago, Direct Relief has been working with the Department of Health, nonprofit partners like Gawad Kalinga, the Philippine Red Cross, Health Futures Foundation, and over 100 hospitals and clinics to provide essential medical materials to aid roughly 500,000 who were affected by Haiyan. As a result of this work, Direct Relief has been called on by these partners again to play a pivotal role in the recovery effort should the typhoon lead to the injury and displacement that is anticipated.
Working with technology company Palantir, Direct Relief has collaborated with other aid agencies to build an efficient platform to pull real-time information on response activities in the area in order to better coordinate work on the ground and respond intelligently.