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

Oklahoma Tornado

On May 20, 2013, a powerful tornado swept through the city of Moore, Oklahoma, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Homes and buildings were destroyed, in one of the worst tornadoes in the city...

Alabama Tornado

On April 27, 2011 a wide band of powerful tornados struck the Southeastern United States. Alabama was hit hardest, suffering 238 deaths and the destruction of more than 13,000 homes. In response...

Hurricane Katrina

“Unbelievable” was how IRT Executive Director, Barry La Forgia, described the massive destruction he witnessed on a trip to coastal Mississippi where Katrina, the most destructive storm in U.S....

Haiti Earthquake

On Jan. 12, 2010, a devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 160,000 and displacing close to 1.5 million people.      Within...