HURRICANE HARVEY RESPONSE

 

Direct Relief staff deliver the second shipment of essential medical items to Lone Star Family Health Center, located in Conroe, Texas. The center, located less than 60 miles north of Houston, provides high-quality, accessible health services to underserved communities in the area – regardless of their ability to pay. (Tony Morain/Direct Relief photo)

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Following the rains and flooding that engulfed Texas communities in Hurricane Harvey’s wake, Direct Relief is responding to those impacted. Click here to support Direct Relief’s Hurricane Harvey response.

100% of donations for Hurricane Harvey will be used exclusively for that effort.

 

Here are 3 ways Direct Relief is responding to Hurricane Harvey:

1. Helping People who are Most Vulnerable

by focusing relief efforts on the health facilities that serve people who rely on the healthcare safety net for essential services.

It is critical in the storm’s aftermath to support the existing, nonprofit community clinics and health centers that provide services to the people who are most vulnerable. That’s why Direct Relief has made the private charitable resources, being so generously given by private supporters, available to the safety-net facilities on the front lines in these communities.

Direct Relief is deeply concerned for our friends in Texas and understands from past experience how this massively disruptive situation puts many more people at risk of chronic health conditions that are not managed as they are evacuated. As always, the priority during the emergency is the safe evacuation and shelter of those in harm’s way, so we are mobilizing rapidly to avert the serious health complications that arise rapidly if not addressed.” – Thomas Tighe, Direct Relief President & CEO

The people who receive care at America’s nonprofit safety-net clinics and health centers—and the facilities themselves—are least able to financially absorb this type of blow and face the most difficult challenges bouncing back. These facilities and their patients need help during this critical period and they also need to sustain and serve the same people in the same communities one year, and five years, from now.

Follow all of Direct Relief’s Hurricane Harvey relief efforts on the blog.

2. Extending the Reach of Relief

by partnering with the Texas Association of Community Health Centers to better help people in need.

Direct Relief staff have been in Texas since last week and Direct Relief is coordinating with the Texas Association of Community Health Centers, whose member health centers operate more than 300 health sites throughout the state, providing primary care services to more than 1.2 million residents annually. Direct Relief has worked closely with the TACHC and its members for the past 12 years and has furnished more than $61.5 million in medical material aid and financial assistance to over 200 health centers and free clinics in the state.

Throughout the Hurricane Harvey response, Direct Relief has also been communicating with the National Association of Community Health Centers, the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, the Lone Star Charitable Clinic Association, the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, as well as local public health officials.

3. Bolstering Front-Line Responders with Supplies, Before the Storm

Direct Relief’s pre-positioned hurricane modules are stationed in 11 Texas communities impacted by the storm.

Since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita 12 years ago, Direct Relief has annually pre-positioned specially designed emergency health stockpiles to care for displaced residents. These stockpiles were sent to nonprofit community health center partners throughout Texas and other states subject to hurricanes. Eleven of the emergency modules were deployed to Texas sites three months ago, and several facilities have reported opening their packs for storm response.

You Can Only Do In Emergencies What You Do Every Day

Direct Relief is the only nonprofit licensed to distribute prescription medications in all 50 U.S. states. In the past year alone, Direct Relief has delivered 5,000 shipments to its network of more than 1,400 nonprofit clinics and health centers nationwide—the largest charitable program in the U.S. providing free medications and supplies to health centers treating low-income patients without insurance.

Corporate Support for Harvey Relief

Companies that have contributed cash to help Direct Relief infuse even more resources into affected communities include Amgen Foundation, BD, Bayer, Bungie Foundation, FedEx, and Unilever.

FedEx is also providing logistical support by sending medical supplies to clinics that are treating people affected by the storm.

PayPal is featuring Direct Relief as part of the PayPal Giving Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief, and eBay is matching all contributions that come through PayPal.