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Direct Relief Santa Barbara sends medical aid to Hurricane Dorian victims

Direct Relief sends medical supplies to Hurricane Dorian Victims
Posted at 6:00 PM, Aug 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-31 21:00:09-04

Direct Relief Santa Barbara is sending medical team members and a number of resources to help victims of Hurricane Dorian.

Direct Relief is a national humanitarian aid organization that provides necessary medical supplies in emergencies.

Members of the Santa Barbara location are traveling southeast to distribute medical caches to the hardest hit areas.

These medical caches contain anything from a first aid kit to medications for chronic diseases and allergic reactions.

Some of the caches are pre-positioned and supplied by the Central Coast location.

Direct Relief Santa Barbara communications director, Tony Morain, says in emergencies such as a hurricane, people don't have access to their health care simply because their lives are disrupted.

"It's a privileged to be in a position to help because a lot is required in those situations," said Morain. "It is nice to be able to provide medical help in disasters."

Direct Relief staff members in Puerto Rico are traveling to the Bahamas to provide medical aid there. They are being deployed with enough resources to help 1000 patients.

Morain says they will continue to provide help as it is needed as Hurricane Dorian approaches.

According to their website, Direct Relief has provided $46.8 million in medical support to more than 122 healthcare facilities across the state since 2017.