Hurricane Prep Pack Fact Sheet 2012


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Direct Relief’s Hurricane Preparedness program is a million-dollar initiative whereby large quantities of medicines and supplies are pre-positioned at health centers, clinics and hospitals in at-risk areas to treat vulnerable people during emergencies.

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Hurricane Prep Pack Fact Sheet 2012

  1. 1. Direct Relief assembles Hurricane Preparedness Packs during National Hurricane Preparedness WeekThe program is a million-dollar initiative in The packs eliminate shipping delays and ensureWhat is the hurricane preparedness program? Why are the packs important?preparation of hurricane season (June 1 to Nov. resources are available to individuals who are30) whereby large quantities of medicines and low-income, have chronic medical conditions orsupplies are pre-positioned at partner health have limited access to transportation to evacuate.centers, clinics and hospitals in at-risk areas inthe U.S. and abroad to be used duringemergencies to treat vulnerable people. Contents remaining after hurricane season are What if a disaster doesn’t hit? absorbed into clinic inventories to assure that theEach U.S. –bound pack contains enough resources are utilized and benefit theirmedicines and supplies to treat 100 patients for vulnerable patient populations.three to five days after a hurricane hits. Themodules shipped internationally are muchlarger, containing enough supplies to treat 5,000 The US kits contain: What’s in the packs?people for a month following a disaster. • Anti-infection and antibiotic medicines for injection, topical, and oral use • Diabetes testing supplies including glucoseThe program has expanded to cover 50 sites in meters, test strips, and lancetsWhere are they sent?the U.S. in nine states – Alabama, Florida, Georgia,Louisiana, North Carolina, Mississippi, Texas, medications for diabetes management • Insulin, insulin, syringes, and oralVirginia and South Carolina. The international • Medications to treat hypertensionmodules are sent to 10 partner clinics in seven • Aspirin, acetaminophen, and other paincountries –the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, management medicinesGuatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica and • Inhalers to treat patients with asthmaNicaragua. • Prescription drugs for the management of • Emergency epinephrine doses for severeThe program began six years ago following behavioral health conditions allergic reactionsHow did the program start?lessons-learned from Hurricanes Katrina and • Medications for seizure controlRita. The contents of the pack were originally • Medicines to prevent and treat eyedetermined as part of Direct Relief’s participationon the Texas Blue Ribbon Commission on • Stethoscope, blood pressure cuffs andEmergency Preparedness and Response. infectionsThe contents of the packs and modules are • Gauze and elastic bandages for wound carereviewed annually based on input from partners. exam glovesDirect Relief International is California’s largest medical relief organization, active in all 50 states and 70About Direct Relief Internationalcountries. It works with more than 1,000 health clinics across the U.S. to assist in emergencies and anongoing basis, providing them with free medications for people in need. The organization has been amongthe world’s largest medical suppliers in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, has top charity ratings, includingfour-star and “top-notch” rating from Charity Navigator, and a 100% fundraising efficiency rating fromForbes magazine.