COMMITMENT TO ACTION
Hurricane Preparedness Program
Commitment by Direct Relief International
In 2018, Direct Relief committed to expand their proven Hurricane Preparedness Program, through which Direct Relief distributes Hurricane Preparedness Modules and Packs to partner health centers internationally and in the US that are hurricane risk areas. Leveraging extensive in-kind contributions from pharmaceutical partners, these Modules and Packs are intended to be opened in the event of a hurricane, and can treat 5,000 patients for up to a month or 100 patients for five days, respectively. Through this commitment, Direct Relief will increase the number of Hurricane Preparedness Pack recipient sites in the mainland US from 50 to 60 and double the number of international Hurricane Preparedness Module recipients from 10 to 20, expanding to include countries that were severely impacted by the 2017 hurricane season such as Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and Dominica. As a result, over 70 health providers will have increased capacity to serve patients in the event of more hurricanes in 2018.