Disaster Response

We provide 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 $100 million in emergency supplies to aid victims of disaster worldwide.

We have been actively involved in helping families in need in 66 international disasters since Hurricane Gilbert in 1988, including providing critical assistance in the 1988 Armenia earthquake, the war in Yugoslavia, the Rwandan refugee crisis, the 2004 tsunami that struck Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia and India, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the Nepal earthquake in 2015, and most recently, Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. Closer to home, we have provided critical assistance in 24 U.S. disasters, including helping victims of the Northridge (Los Angeles) earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, and most recently, the flooding in Louisiana.

Our Projects

Hurricane Patricia

Hurricane Patricia made landfall on Mexico's central Pacific coast on October 23, 2015, packing winds of 165 mph. The people of Puerto Vallarta, the city initially thought to be the target...

Syrian Refugee Crisis

Since the outbreak of civil war in 2011, millions of Syrian families have been displaced from their homes. In 2017, nearly five million refugees have flooded into neighboring Turkey, Lebanon, and...

Conflict In Gaza

Years of socioeconomic decline, conflict, and closure have severely weakened the health sector in the Gaza Strip. The resumption of hostilities in 2015 left many families in Gaza without access to...

Typhoon Haiyan

In November 2014, Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Western Visayas region of the Philippines, destroying homes, schools, boats, and livelihoods. In collaboration with Asia America Institute, we...

Ebola Response

The 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa was the largest in history. Beginning in Guinea in December 2013, the epidemic quickly spread into neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone, where weak health...