SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Direct Relief in Santa Barbara has made its entire inventory of more than $100 million worth of medical and health supplies available to support the massive recovery and relief efforts in Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
The massive storm has caused deaths, forced evacuations, property loss, and resulted in thousands of rescues. Heavy rain is forecast to continue throughout the week. Some regions could see up up to 50 inches of rain.
Emergency health stockpiles from Direct Relief were deployed to Texas three months ago. The Galveston County Health District immediately deployed their module to residents.
The humanitarian aid organization sent staff members to Texas last week. They are coordinating with health centers, hospitals, clinics and public health officials to assess the medical needs of victims and safely deliver supplies.
"Direct Relief is deeply concerned for our friends in Texas and understands from experience how this massively disruptive situation puts many more people at risk of chronic health conditions are not managed as they are evacuated," said Direct Relief President and CEO Thomas Tighe. "As always, the priority during the emergency is the safe evacuation and shelter of those in harm's way, so we are mobilizing rapidly to avert the serious health complications that arise rapidly if not addressed."