Direct Relief has been active in emergency storm and flood-related responses in the U.S. and around the world for decades.
Following the destruction of Hirrcane Irma, Direct Relief worked closely with health officials and local partners to navigate persistent power outages and transportation challenges and ship specifically requested medical aid and supplies to affected areas.
Within days of Irma’s landfall, Direct Relief had dispatched needed medical aid to healthcare providers in Florida, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Caribbean nations of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, the Dutch Antilles, Haiti, and Turks and Caicos.
In the year since, Direct Relief has delivered 449,028 pounds of medical aid, totaling $39.6 million (wholesale), via 289 shipments to 63 partner healthcare facilities located throughout the Caribbean and southeastern U.S. to support the health needs of communities directly affected by Hurricane Irma.
Please click on the attached link to read the compresensice report one year post Irma.
The extensive and widespread effects of Hurricane Irma will be felt for a long time to come, and communities that may not fully recover for years. In response to the historic devastation caused by the storm, over the past year, Direct Relief has worked alongside healthcare providers rooted in affected communities to bring proven approaches to emergency response to an unprecedented scale, adapt to the evolving needs on the ground, and enhance the effectiveness of preparedness efforts in the Caribbean and along the U.S. Gulf Coast to ensure even more effective responses to future storms.