Hurricane Irma Response

Direct Relief’s Tom Roane and Andrew MacCalla speak with Hylan Boxer, Director of Pharmacy at Central Florida Family Health in advance of Hurricane Irma making landfall. Staff delivered critical medicines and supplies to the health system and will be responding to needs across the state as responders enter the recovery phase. (Photo by Mark Semegen for Direct Relief)

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Hurricane Irma churned a devastating path through the Caribbean and Florida, and as significant storm surge and flooding continues to impact those communities, Direct Relief is responding to those in need.

Click here to support Direct Relief’s Hurricane Irma response.

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

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

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.

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 Irma relief efforts on the blog.

2. Extending the Reach of Relief

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

Direct Relief staff have been in Florida since last week and Direct Relief is coordinating with the Florida Association of Community Health Centers, whose member health centers operate more than 460 health sites throughout the state, providing primary care services to more than 1.4 million residents annually. Direct Relief has worked closely with the FACHC and has furnished more than $45.3 million in medical material aid and financial assistance to health centers and free clinics in the state.

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

Direct Relief’s pre-positioned hurricane modules are stationed in 14 Florida communities impacted by the storm.

Since Hurricanes Katrina 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 Florida and other states subject to hurricanes. Fourteen of the emergency modules were deployed to Texas sites three months ago, and facilities can open their packs for storm response at any time.

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.