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My disaster relief agency is based near Montecito. Now disaster has hit home.

<i>(Editor’s note: This column was originally published in the Sacramento Bee on Jan. 12, 2018.</i><i>)</i><p>Because the nonprofit humanitarian-aid organization I …

Nonprofits

After the Mudslide, Protecting Public Health

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

Public Health

California Shares Responsibility with Counties for Substance Abuse Treatment

<i>(Editor’s note: This story is the fourth in a series</i><i>. Earlier stories can be seen below.)</i><p>California substance abusers are gaining more access to …

Health Care

WikiHow Supports Direct Relief's Disaster Response Efforts

How do you prepare your family for an emergency evacuation? Properly wear a face mask? Keep pets safe during a tornado? The answers to those …

Natural Disasters

Local Clinicians Respond to Mounting Health Risks After Montecito Mudslide

After more than a week spent trudging through the stagnant floodwaters and thick mud layering Montecito in search of survivors, emergency response …

California

In Aftermath of Deadly Mudslides, Direct Relief and Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics Offer Free Tetanus Vaccines to Responders, Cleanup Workers, and Residents

Direct Relief and the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, in coordination with the Santa Barbara Department of Public Health, will offer tetanus …

California

Direct Relief Donates Rugged ATV to First Responders in Montecito Search and Rescue Response

As search and rescue efforts continue throughout Montecito after this week’s devastating mudslide, first responders have a rugged tool to help as …

Mark Sanchez

Devastating Floods Rip Through Fire Impacted California Communities

Powerful rains washed over fire-denuded hillsides early Tuesday morning, creating deadly and devastating flooding for communities across Southern …

Santa Barbara County

Support Offered as East Coast Storms Bring Hurricane-Force Winds, Record-Low Temperatures

Hurricane-force winds, extreme snowfall, and record-low temperatures continue to threaten communities from Maine to Florida on the East Coast.<p>Weather …

Weather

From California to Madagascar: Direct Relief in 2017

In 2017, Direct Relief supported locally-run healthcare facilities in more than 90 countries and across all 50 U.S. states, while responding to …

Pain

In a Season of Giving, Needed Medicines Reach Still-Recovering Puerto Rico

As Puerto Rico celebrates the holidays and looks ahead to a new year, a fresh infusion of medicine arrived Monday – a week before Christmas and three …

79,365 lbs of Emergency Medical Aid Arrives in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A Direct Relief-chartered aircraft landed Monday at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan with 79,365 lbs of …

Direct Relief Reaches $1 Billion in Donations, Ranked 7th Largest U.S. Charity by Forbes

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Dec. 14, 2017 — Direct Relief grew into the seventh largest charity in the United States in 2017, according to Forbes …

Cholera Treatment Supplies Arrive at Yemeni Hospital

A critical shipment of medicines bound for a hospital in Hodeidah, Yemen, arrived this week, a sign that aid deliveries into the country are …

Cholera Treatment Supplies Arrive at Yemeni Hospital

A critical shipment of medicines bound for a hospital in Hodeidah, Yemen, arrived this week, a sign that aid is resuming into the country. The …

With Thomas Fire Unfolding, Direct Relief-Engineered Map Dynamically Updates Region

The wildfires raging in Southern California remain a dynamic and potentially dangerous situation for nearby communities.<p>Six wildfires are actively …

As Wildfires Burn, Residents Seek Breath of Fresh Air

As wildfires continue to burn up and down Southern California, Direct Relief continued to deliver breathing masks, respiratory supplies and critical …

Wildfire Rages in Ventura County, California, Destroying Homes and Causing Large-Scale Evacuations

A massive, wind-driven blaze sparked to life Monday night, racing through more than 30,000 acres of Ventura County.<p>More than 27,000 people have been …

In Mexico City and Beyond, Connecting Patients to Care

The mining town of Zacozonapan lies at the western edge of Mexico State, the most populous in all of Mexico, a three-hour drive along winding …

Evacuations Continue for Indonesia in Wake of Volcano Eruption

More than 150,000 people are being evacuated as Mount Agung in Bali, Indonesia, continues to erupt and spew dangerous ash clouds up to 10,000 feet …

BD, Direct Relief and the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics Announce Winners of the Innovation and Continuity in Care Grant Program

Alexandria, VA, Nov. 22, 2017 — Direct Relief and BD have partnered with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) on the …

Recovery Process Comes into Focus in Northern California

More than six weeks have passed since tragic wildfires burned across Northern California, claiming the lives of 43 people and destroying nearly 9,000 …

In Latest Wave of Support for Puerto Rico, Direct Relief Commits $5 Million in Grants to Health Centers and Clinics

A charter plane filled with 76 tons of medicines and medical supplies from Direct Relief was unloaded in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 27, 2017. On …

Medical Tents Transform City Square into Health Clinic After Mexico Earthquake

A bustling, tree-lined plaza — the center of community life in Ocuituco, Mexico — is now a place for the city’s residents to get the medical care …

Hundreds Dead After Earthquake Rocks Communities in Iran, Iraq

More than 400 people are dead and thousands injured after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake reverberated from its epicenter in Ezgeleh, Iran, near the Iraq …

The Right Medicines at the Right Time Protect Vulnerable Babies in Haiti

Dr. Rony Saint-Fleur works to treat the smallest patients at Justinian University Hospital, babies so small that an infection could prove deadly if …

Medicines Arrive at Bidi Bidi, Strengthening Care for South Sudanese Refugees

Uganda has received over 1 million South Sudanese refugees alone since July 2016, with over 80 percent being women and children. The surge of …

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu Visits Direct Relief's New Headquarters

Direct Relief staff hosted New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Thursday, as well as Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider and city staff.<p>Landrieu and …

Confronting Opioid Crisis Strains Community Health Resources

<i>(Editor’s note: This story is the third in a series. Earlier stories can be found here and here.)</i><p>A patient at Avenal Community Health Center …