When disaster strikes, Islamic Relief USA responds immediately to get vital resources to survivors as quickly and efficiently as possible. IRUSA Disaster Response Team members are essential to the success of our response. IRUSA is a member of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), which serves as a voice for nonprofit organizations and volunteers that work in all phases of disaster.

IRUSA’s DRT is the first Muslim organization to partner with the American Red Cross. Its team members are certified in disaster response training from both American Red Cross as well as IRUSA’s original programming. You can read more about our specific training and volunteer opportunities below.

Want to get more info? Connect with our Disaster Response Team staff via drt@irusa.org or by calling 1-855-447-1001. And make sure to friend and/or follow us on your fav social network. #IRDRT is our hashtag!

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My team, along with members from the American Red Cross, covered more than 300 miles assessing homes, assessing damage and providing that information to the Federal Emergency Management Agency so that they can provide for the people here.Rika Prodhan, Alabama relief team volunteer

Disaster Response Team Training and Certification

Here are some of the training courses IRUSA’s Disaster Responders undertake in order to deploy:

  • Day or overnight shelter certification: American Red Cross
  • Home preparation training
  • Essential training courses and certifications that are *FREE* (certification is awarded at the completion of the course)
    • CPR: American Red Cross
    • First Aid: American Red Cross
    • Shelter fundamentals: American Red Cross Learn how to run an ARC shelter
    • Disaster assessment: American Red Cross Learn how to assess and document the level of damage to a home
    • Group and individual emotional care: IRUSA original course Learn how to assist someone who has just faced a disaster or life crisis
    • Individual assistance/casework: IRUSA original course Learn how to document and distribute IRUSA financial aid to those affected by crisis


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