Direct Relief commits drugs, equipment and funds to fight forest fires
In response to massive wildfires ravaging California, Oregon and other western states, Direct Relief has committed $ 1 million in initial financial resources and is making all medicines, medical supplies and other aids available. emergency response from its distribution center, as requested by health clinics, emergency shelters and national and local emergency response agencies in affected areas.
The fires currently burning in California include the Dixie Fire, which on Friday became the third largest in state history, torching 676 square miles after destroying the city of Greenville on Thursday. In Susanville, 65 miles from Greenville on the opposite side of the Sierras, 48 people took refuge in a gymnasium on Friday, while 93 others took refuge outside the same gymnasium, according to the National Shelter System. Meanwhile, 230 people took refuge outside a high school in Grass Valley, Calif., Northeast of Sacramento, as a river fire raged nearby.
As a California disaster relief and medical aid organization, Direct Relief has been responding to wildfires in California and the United States for decades.
In California, Direct Relief is a long-standing partner of the State of California through its Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and the State of California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA). Direct Relief is also a key member of California’s Business and Utilities Operations Center (BUOC), which was established to mobilize private resources for the benefit of the public during emergencies and ensure that resources are deployed in coordination with public officials who manage the intervention.
Direct Relief’s 155,000 square foot medical distribution center, equipment, trained personnel, and various other capabilities are registered with the State of California as a strategic emergency resource and available for public health purposes or emergency response. Direct Relief specifically provided the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) with all necessary resources, including Wildfire health kits, its general inventory of drugs and medical supplies, and emergency power resources. .
In response to the Dixie Fire and other fires in the western United States, Direct Relief is making its forest fire health kits available to health centers and public health agencies in local areas. counties affected by forest fires. Each kit can treat around 250 people for three to five days, with the drugs and supplies most needed by health care providers in previous wildfire emergencies.
Kit items include inhalers and nebulizer solutions to treat respiratory irritation, irrigation solutions and antibiotics for skin and ophthalmic wounds, pain relievers for headaches, bandages and skin care items. wounds for lacerations and minor injuries like sprains and strains, and personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and gloves to protect health workers.
In addition to supporting public health and response agencies with needed emergency support, Direct Relief also works closely with nonprofit health clinics in affected communities to provide the necessary supplies for the care of people. evacuated or otherwise affected by forest fires. The work performed by these clinics includes filling prescriptions for chronic disease medications, treating cuts and scrapes, resolving breathing problems caused by poor air quality, and working with a local hospital to triage patients who need further care.
Direct Relief’s emergency response activities also include the synthesis of a wide range of public and private data sources to map and analyze forest fire risks, social vulnerability and population movements in areas. affected by fires. These analytics tools help inform emergency response managers and are used by Direct Relief to target emergency medical resources and deploy emergency power to provide medical care. The lack of electricity in emergency situations has been repeatedly found to hamper the delivery of necessary medical services as electronic health records become inaccessible and insulin, vaccines and other drugs requiring a cold storage deteriorate.