Andrew MacCalla: May 31, 2019

HURRICANE SEASON IS HERE:
ARE YOU PREPARED FOR HURRICANES AND OTHER DISASTERS?

WHAT CAN FAMILIES DO TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE PREPARED AND WHO IS MOST AT RISK? 

**HURRICANE SEASON BEGINS JUNE 1ST**

 

Andrew MacCalla

Director of International Programs & Emergency Preparedness and Response at Direct Relief (a non-profit)

 

The United States is getting hit by bigger and more frequent disasters than ever before – from hurricanes on the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, to tornadoes and flooding in the Midwest, to wildfires and earthquakes in the West. In fact, the nation saw an unprecedented number of natural disasters in 2017 and 2018. While no one can stop a hurricane in its tracks or steady the ground from an earthquake, more preparation can reduce the risk and aid in the recovery and aftermath.

Hurricanes and forest fires destroyed homes, health facilities and entire towns in 2017 and 2018, leaving thousands homeless and at risk. Smart preparation is the best defense. Each hurricane season, Direct Relief pre-positions hurricane prep packs and modules in secure locations near vulnerable areas, providing partner facilities with the medications and medical supplies they’ll need in storms’ wakes. They also work closely with local partners in the U.S. and other affected countries to ensure those in need have medication, supplies, and necessary care. The organization prioritizes work with safety-net clinics, which serve a key role in caring for displaced individuals, particularly those who are low-income and vulnerable.

On Friday May 31, the day before the 2019 hurricane season officially starts, Direct Relief’s Andrew MacCalla will be available to discuss how Americans can make the proper preparations to be ready for any disaster. He will discuss what communities can do, and what steps Direct Relief is taking in communities across American to help prepare.

 

For more information, please visit: www.directrelief.org

 

 

MORE ABOUT ANDREW MACCALLA

Andrew MacCalla is the Director of International Programs & Emergency Preparedness and Response at Direct Relief, the largest privately funded non-profit aid organization in California and the 7thlargest in the country. Direct Relief’s mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies – without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay. They provide medical resources to people in over 90 countries and all 50 US States. Andrew spent two years living in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake as the coordinator of Direct Relief’s response – the largest humanitarian effort since the organization was founded in 1948 –overseeing the distribution of over $350 million USD worth of essential medical materials to over 100 healthcare sites. More recently, Andrew has been on the ground overseeing Direct Relief’s response to emergencies like Hurricane Sandy in New York, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone and Liberia, the Syrian refugee crisis, Cyclone Winston in Fiji, and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Andrew also serves on the board of the World Telehealth Initiative, a not-for-profit which aims to improve health outcomes for people living in medically underserved areas around the world by providing specialized medical expertise using telemedicine. Andrew studied Philosophy at University of California, Santa Barbara and has a master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne. He has written numerous articles for the Huffington Post and The Sacramento Bee. Andrew is also the founder of Sustainable Recycling Solutions, LLC, a social business working in Haiti to provide a solution to Haiti’s plastic waste and large unemployment problem.

 

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