Aid Offered to Clinics in Massachusetts; Additional Aid Delivering for Patients in Midwest and Southern U.S.

Direct Relief reached out to partners in Massachusetts and Connecticut to offer medical aid following tornadoes that struck there today. According to news reports, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency due to the widespread damage the tornado caused. One person died in the events.

Direct Relief continues to provide needed aid to people across the Midwest and South affected by tornadoes and other severe weather, Direct Relief is delivering additional consignments this week. Several partner clinics and health centers have requested tetanus vaccine for their patients as well as emergency responders handling the clean up.

This week, 220 doses of the tetanus vaccine and 200 doses of the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine, from donor company Sanofi Pasteur will be drop-shipped to these partner health facilities:

  • SEMO Health Network in Madrid, MO
  • Access Family Care in Joplin, MO
  • Community Health and Emergency Services in Cairo, IL
  • Heart to Heart in Joplin, MO
  • Whatley Health Services in Tuscaloosa, AL

With water systems disrupted during the storms, clean drinking water is an issue for some communities. Direct Relief is providing drinking water to Etowah Free Community Clinic in Gadsden, AL.

Direct Relief has delivered needed medical aid to clinics and health centers treating people affected by devastating storms and tornadoes, including those who have been injured or lost their homes. To date, Direct Relief has provided more than $1 million in wholesale value of products for the tornado and severe storm response.

Direct Relief’s team has been in frequent contact with local, regional, and national-level responders to make sure aid reaches people who need it most during this challenging time. The organization will continue to support relief and recovery efforts as long as the need persists.