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IRUSA’s Disaster Response Team: The Blue Shirts on the Front Lines

From providing aid to survivors of the California Carr fires—one of the worst in California’s history; to being there for families affected by a tragic school shooting in Parkland, FL, in 2018; to delivering urgent care for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma survivors, when disaster strikes, Islamic Relief USA Disaster Response Team responds quickly to get vital resources to survivors as effectively and efficiently as possible.

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.

Partnering and Collaborating for the Greater Good

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.

Connect with Us

Connect with our Disaster Response Team staff via disaster@irusa.org or by calling 1-855-447-1001 to learn more. 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

We Need YOUR Help

As much as we’ve been able to accomplish, there is still so much more to do. If we work together—with YOU—we can make the vision of better world a reality for so many more of our sisters and brothers who have been affected by natural disasters across the United States.

There are two ways to help:
1. VOLUNTEER

2. DONATE:
$500 can support on-going reconstruction projects for people who have lost their homes to disaster
$100 can supply resources for temporary shelter work during evacuations
$25 can bulk up capacity to do damage assessments for the homes of emergency survivors



PLEASE NOTE: Donations made to IRUSA’s United States fund may serve urgent or long-term programs in the United States.

Stories from the Ground

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 had been doing monthly home renovations to help Hurricane Matthew survivors rebuild.

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