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 433 disaster relief teams, involving 2,643 volunteers, and sent more than $113 million in emergency supplies to aid victims of disaster worldwide.

We have been actively involved in helping families in need in 69 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 28 U.S. disasters, including helping victims of the Northridge (Los Angeles) earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, and most recently, the 2016 flooding in Louisiana, the 2017 hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, and the 2018 hurricanes in Florida and North Carolina.

COVID-19 Response

With your help, we provided food for families deeply affected by the coronavirus pandemic. We provided 252,497 pounds of food to the San Diego Food Bank to support families who are struggling to feed themselves during these unstable times.

Hurricane Sally

Hurricane Laura caused major damage along the Texas/Louisiana border in August 2020. Laura, a category 4 storm, was one of the strongest hurricanes to make a U.S. landfall in recent memory.

Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura caused major damage along the Texas/Louisiana border in August 2020. Laura, a category 4 storm, was one of the strongest hurricanes to make a U.S. landfall in recent memory.

Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian has caused a "disastrous outcome" in the Bahamas. Dorian, a category 5 storm when it hit the Bahamas, is the strongest hurricane on record to hit the island nation and has caused catastrophic damage.

California Wildfires

The deadly fires across the state of California in 2018 were the worst in the state's history. IRT is currently sending volunteer construction teams to the area to rebuilt for families who lost everything.

Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael, one of the largest storms to ever hit the United States, caused catastrophic damage in the Florida Panhandle and surrounding areas. With your help, we can provide emergency aid to victims right now, and relief to help them rebuild in the months ahead.

Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence has caused major damage on the East Coast. You can help NOW!

Rohingya Refugee Crisis

The Rohingya, an ethnic group of one million from Myanmar, are considered the world's most persecuted minority. More than 700,000 Rohingya refugees now reside in Bangladesh after fleeing sustained violence and ethnic cleansing by the Myanmar government. These refugees now live in makeshift camps along the border and the camps continue to grow every month. They are completely dependent on humanitarian aid for their survival.

Volcano Eruption in Guatemala

You can help the people of Guatemala suffering from this disaster! Your donations will provide immediate, emergency assistance. We are procuring disaster health kits in Guatemala for survivors living in makeshift evacuation centers.

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey caused catastrophic flooding and damage throughout southern Texas and Louisiana. We povided immediate, emergency aid and are currently providing long-term assistance to help devastated families rebuild and restore their homes and their lives.

Hurricane Irma

We sent 1,000 disaster health kits, five truckloads of bleach, and a 20' shipping continer of canned foods to Florida for Hurricane Irma victims.

Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico in late 2017. IRT responded immedetialy and continues to make local purchases of non-perishable food items each month to help sustain poor families in rural communities severely impacted by the disaster.

East Africa Food Crisis

More than 20 million people in East Africa are facing a hunger crisis. The countries of South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia are currently pushed to the brink of famine – leaving families with no place to turn. Drought and violent conflict have contributed to the severe food shortages and have left millions living in desperate conditions. Hunger is causing many to flee to neighboring countries and malnutrition levels are on the rise - 850,000 children under five will be classified as malnourished in 2017 (UNICEF).


International Relief Teams has been sending skilled construction volunteer teams to Louisiana since 2017 to repair damaged homes from the 2016 floods.


Since the outbreak of civil war in 2011, millions of Syrian families have been displaced from their homes. In 2015, an estimated 4 million refugees flooded into neighboring Turkey, Lebanon and...


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...


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...


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...


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....


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...


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


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...


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


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...


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...


“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....


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...

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