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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 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.

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...

SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS

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

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....

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...

CONFLICT IN GAZA

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...

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...

EBOLA RESPONSE

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...

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...

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...