International Relief Teams (IRT) provides immediate and long-term relief to disaster victims in the United States and around the world. We mobilize teams of skilled volunteers; send medical supplies; and provide direct funding to partner organizations on the ground in order to meet the proximate and long-term needs of victims of disaster.
Since 1988, we have deployed 420 disaster relief teams, involving 2,495 volunteers, and sent more than $98 million in emergency supplies to aid victims of disaster worldwide.
We have been actively involved in helping families in need in most major natural and man-made disasters since Hurricane Gilbert in 1988, including providing critical assistance in the 1988 Armenia earthquake, the war in Yugoslavia, the Rwandan refugee crisis, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the 2004 tsunami that struck Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia and India, and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Closer to home, we have provided critical assistance to victims of the Northridge (Los Angeles) earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, and most recently, Superstorm Sandy.