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Hurricane Otis Relief

Disaster Relief

Direct Relief is responding to Hurricane Otis with emergency medicines, supplies and funding for impacted communities.

Fondo de Ayuda para el huracán Otis

Direct Relief México A.C.
RFC: DRM140730G41
Cuenta: 032 0062 2559
Clabe: 04 4375 0320 0622 5593

Military Personnel from Mexico’s National Defense Secretariat (SEDENA) prepare Direct Relief supplies to be airlifted directly to Acapulco. (Courtesy Photo)

Acapulco, Mexico

Hurricane Otis, a powerful Category 5 storm—the strongest hurricane to hit Mexico’s Pacific Coast in recorded history—made landfall in Acapulco, Mexico, on Oct. 25, 2023, killing dozens with more still missing.

Prior to the storm, Direct Relief staged emergency medicines and supplies with health providers in Guerrero.

The organization immediately committed $200,000 and has been responding to requests for medical aid.

Ready to Respond

Before Hurricane Otis hit, Direct Relief worked with FedEx to pre-position three emergency health kits in Chilpancingo Guerrero, Mexico. In addition, 53 field medic packs, containing medical essentials required for providing care outside of clinics, were provided to health providers on the ground.

Equipping First Responders in Acapulco

Immediately after the storm, Direct Relief committed $200,000 to groups providing medical care on the ground, and additional supplies have been sent to the affected region to aid first responders in their search and rescue efforts and to support the work of other healthcare staff in the wake of the hurricane.

One of those groups of health providers is Medical Impact, an organization that Direct Relief supported with a $25,000 emergency operating grant. The group deployed 12 doctors to Acapulco to provide medical care in the area. Field medic packs and an emergency health kit, which contains medical essentials commonly requested after disasters, are outfitting the medical providers during their trip.

Direct Relief has a long-standing history of responding to hurricanes in Mexico and throughout the region. The organization has an inventory of commonly requested medications and supplies required after such disruptive storms. Direct Relief has also committed funds to support the deployment of field medic packs containing essential medical supplies to affected areas.

Direct Relief has a team in Mexico and has been incorporated as a Mexican Civil Association since 2014. Being the only humanitarian wholesale distributor of pharmaceuticals in Mexico that fully complies with the national health regulations (COFEPRIS), Direct Relief can receive donations in-country and process internationally donated goods. This capability places the organization strategically to respond to both immediate public health requirements and long-term healthcare service needs in underserved communities.

Direct Relief will continue to respond to Hurricane Otis throughout the recovery phase.

Hurricane Otis Relief Fund: How to Help

All donations to Direct Relief for Hurricane Otis are used exclusively to fund relief efforts in Mexico

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