Santa Barbara- S County

Direct Relief Mexico mobilizing quake relief efforts

Hurricane Katia now aiming for Eastern Mexico

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Direct Relief Mexico is helping in the aftermath of Thursday's deadly 8.1 earthquake off the coast of southern Mexico.

And now, a second deadly threat is looming: Hurricane Katia, a category 2 storm, is expected to make landfall Friday night into Saturday.

NewsChannel 3 talked to Eduardo Mendoza, Program Director for Direct Relief Mexico, via Skype Friday afternoon.

"That (Katia) will eventually bring more rain to the area so a lot of these people will already have been displaced," Mendoza said.

By Friday afternoon the death toll from Thursday's quake grew to 58 and was expected to go up.

Oaxaca and Chiapas in the southern state were hardest hit. 

"We're thinking about mobilizing to Oaxaca early tomorrow morning or really late tonight to make sure that we are in a better position to have access to the decision makers that are coordinating the response effort," Mendoza said.

Mendoza said Direct Relief Mexico is registered as a charitable organization based in Mexico City and receives a large number of supplies from corporate partners and Mexican pharmaceutical companies.

"Obviously, we want to make sure the right supplies go to the right people and the right facilities," he said. 

Santa Barbara Direct Relief is described as the "connective tissue" for all of the work done by Direct Relief Mexico, according to Mendoza. He said all of their servers and computer networks run out of Santa Barbara which helps organize and monitor inventory and offers coming in, far south of the border.

For more information about Direct Relief Mexico, log onto www.directrelief.org.
 


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