Hurricane Dorian Emergency

On Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, then-category 5 Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Northwestern Bahamas, after the US Virgin Islands, with 180 mile-per-hour winds that generated 18-23 feet of coastal flooding. Nearly 50 people have died and hundreds are missing in what is the worst hurricane to hit the Bahamas in history. On Friday, Sept. 6, Dorian then officially made landfall along the Eastern seaboard of the United States, slamming into North Carolina, before heading toward Canada.

Survivors across the region are desperate for support, including food, water, shelter, and more. IRUSA has officially launched an emergency and will be working with first responders to assess and assist vulnerable populations. Please donate to IRUSA’s Global Humanitarian Aid fund now to help survivors.

IRUSA’s Disaster Response Team also mobilized in response to Hurricane Florence when it struck the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10, 2018, resulting in dozens of deaths, home destruction, and displacement for many American families. . We partnered with the American Red Cross to conduct a disaster assessment followed by the required response.

Here are some tips from the Disaster Response Team to help you stay safe in the event of a hurricane.

Become a Disaster Response Team Volunteer

When disaster strikes, Islamic Relief USA Disaster Response Team responds quickly to get vital resources to survivors as effectively and efficiently as possible—including support they recently gave to the thousands of evacuees fleeing California wildfires, including the Carr Fire in Redding, California—one of the worst in California’s history.

The DRT team also acted with immediacy to be there for families affected by a tragic school shooting in Parkland, FL, on February 14, 2018. They were there for those affected by the surge of wildfires California previously in 2017 and for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma survivors. Beyond immediate emergency work, IRUSA’s DRT administers longer-term recovery aid in places like North Carolina, where teams are helping rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

IRUSA has been a member of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), 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 more? 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!

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

The Impact

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.

The team will be doing monthly home renovations to help Hurricane Matthew survivors rebuild. To get involved, visit irusa.org/volunteers.

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