Direct Relief Ships N95 Masks to Australia and Philippines

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A Direct Relief staff member waits as pallets containing N95 masks are prepared for shipment to Australia. (Lara Cooper/Direct Relief)

By edhat staff

Local nonprofit Direct Relief has shipped N95 masks to Australia to help with wildfire ash and the Philippines as they struggle with volcanic ash.

Australia is currently dealing with unprecedented wildfires that are ravaging the entire country. At least 28 people have died and more than 3,000 homes destroyed in the state of New South Wales alone. Firefighters all over the world, including California, have traveled to assist state and federal authorities in fighting the enormous fires. 

The country has faced increased temperatures and drought, which scientists and experts state are a result of climate change. 

Many are struggling with dangerous air quality as smoke and ash blanket large sections of the country. Earlier in December, the smoke was so bad in Sydney that air quality measured 11 times the "hazardous" level, reports CNN.

Direct Relief is coordinating with a number of Australian agencies and organizations to deliver vital supplies, and shipped nearly 100,000 N95 masks to help block dangerous particles in the air from entering the lungs.

Direct Relief reports 26 pallets of masks theft the Santa Barbara warehouse last week and was transported free-of-charge by Qantas.

Ash spews from the Taal volcano in a photograph posted to social media on January 11, 2020. (Photo courtesy of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology)

The Taal volcano, about 37 miles south of the capital Manila on the island of Luzon, began erupting on Sunday, sending ash up to nine miles into the air evacuating nearly 500,000 people.

Volcanic activity continues three days after the eruption began. Fissures have opened up in several areas and 466 earthquakes have been recorded since Sunday with Volcanologists warning that further eruptions are possible, reports CNN.

Volcanic ash can irritate nasal and respiratory systems and is hazardous for vulnerable populations. The related poisonous gases and materials are also dangerous to humans, animals, and plants. 

Direct Relief reports it has a staff member in the Philippines actively coordinating the organization’s disaster response as they sent an emergency shipment of 42,000 N95 masks on Monday to the Philippine Red Cross in Manila.

The company states it's continuing to communicate with the Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management, along with other local partners, to see what additional assistance may be needed.

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Shasta Guy Jan 15, 2020 10:12 PM
Direct Relief Ships N95 Masks to Australia and Philippines

That volcano has a very active history, and we may see a lot more activity in the weeks and months ahead. After being so hard hit by the smoke from our fires it feels good for our little town to help others in the same predicament.

Chip of SB Jan 15, 2020 11:50 AM
Direct Relief Ships N95 Masks to Australia and Philippines

In ancient times, various peoples around the world attributed weather, geological, and astronomical events to their own actions. This led to some interesting religious beliefs and approaches to disaster prevention, human sacrifice among them. Today, many people have resumed these ancient traditions of attributing weather events to human activity. Doing so can be helpful in achieving wealth and power. With the current attention that geologic activity is getting in the news, earthquakes and volcanoes, I think the doomers are leaving a lot on the table by failing to claim these disasters for their cause. Anyone who can get a paper published that somehow attributes earthquakes and volcanic activity to humans will become an instant millionaire and celebrity. Someone needs to articulate some kind of explanation to facilitate blaming people for these natural disasters. It won't take much to get through the "rigor" of the peer review process. The sooner the better, it seems a shame to continue allowing these otherwise perfectly usable disasters to be written off to natural causes.

ChillinGrillin Jan 15, 2020 05:25 PM
Direct Relief Ships N95 Masks to Australia and Philippines

Good point, Chip. Between all the fake news and book learning going on, Americans forgot that Trump saved Puerto Rico. Our savior blessed them with the gift of Bounty double-quilted paper towels. Some say that the pieces are still repairing flood damage, it's just a miracle. To this day there hasn't been another hurricane. Checkmate, libtards.

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