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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 Dorian in the Bahamas and the COVID-19 pandemic in India. Closer to home, we have provided critical assistance in 28 U.S. disasters, including helping victims of the Northridge (Los Angeles) earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, the 2017 hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, and most recently, the wildfires in California and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

COVID-19 Response

With your help, we are providing food in the United States for families deeply affected by the coronavirus pandemic. We are also providing personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers in India facing the worst COVID outbreak in the world right now.


Since the outbreak of civil war in 2011, 5.6 million refugees have fled Syria in fear for their lives and 6.1 million remain displaced from their homes within Syria. More than 80% of Syrians live in extreme poverty, on less than $1.90 a day!

Rohingya Refugee Crisis

The Rohingya, an ethnic group of one million from Myanmar, is considered the world's most persecuted minority. Nearly 1 million 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.

Hurricane Sally

Record rainfall from Hurricane Sally caused historic flooding, only adding to the misery of Gulf Coast families still trying to recover from Hurricane Laura that hit the area in August 2020. Some areas received 4 months’ worth of rain in 4 hours from the slow-moving storm!

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.

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!

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.


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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