Disaster Response

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.

Our Projects

Louisiana Floods

Did you know? The 2016 flood in Louisiana was the worst natural disaster to hit the US since Superstorm Sandy. The floods were caused by unprecedented levels of rainfall which...

Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 storm, sustained wind speeds up to 140 miles per hour and inflicted major damage in the impoverished country of Haiti in early October 2016. The hurricane wiped out...

Ecuador Earthquake Response

On the evening of Saturday, April 16, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook the coastal region of Ecuador - the nation's worst tragedy in 70 years. IRT has partnered with MAP International and sent...

Hurricane Sandy

On October 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy hit the coast of New York and New Jersey and killed 71 people in the U.S., destroyed thousands of homes, and left millions without electricity. Rebuilding...

Nepal Earthquake Response

On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck near Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu. The massive tremor left more than eight thousand dead and an estimated 23,000 injured and homeless....