The Power Of Unity

Just one sample of the power of unity, brokered through IRUSA’s Disaster Response Team and the United Methodist Church. Here is a snippet of a prayer from Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, during a collaborative, rolling program to help survivors of Hurricane Matthew muck-out their still-damaged homes. When insurance or other government agencies are not there, groups like IRUSA and the United Methodist Church are.


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 is an association that promotes communication and collaboration between organizations active in disaster relief as well as government organizations.

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 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!

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:

  • Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED: An in-person course offered by the American Red Cross.
  • Shelter Fundamentals An online course teaching how to run an ARC shelter. (Cornerstone OnDemand login required)
  • Psychological First Aid: Helping Others in Times of Stress An online course teaching how to assist someone who has just faced a disaster or life crisis. (Cornerstone OnDemand login required)
  • Disaster Assessment Fundamentals An online course teaching how to assess and document the level of damage done to a home. (Cornerstone OnDemand login required)
  • Individual Assistance/Casework: A course created and administered by IRUSA that trains participants on how to document and distribute IRUSA financial aid to those affected by crisis.


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