Islamic Relief USA will be collaborating with the American Red Cross to respond to major floods in Houston, Texas that have resulted in the death of more than 5 people as surging waters flooded homes. Collaborating matters will include disaster assessments in disaster-stricken areas, coordination of sheltering for affected individuals and bulk distribution of food supplies to local Houston Shelters. Volunteers will also be providing psychological first aid to residents they encounter.
“Once again we are witnessing a natural disaster in need of immediate, effective and rapid response as many people will be displaced and in immediate need of assistance. Our volunteers are all highly educated and trained in disaster response and once they touch ground they will know exactly what to do” Said Hani Hamwi, Islamic Relief’s Disaster Response Team Manager. “It is our duty to help our neighbors in need, and we will do everything within our capacity to make sure that aid is given to those most affected by the floods.” Hamwi added.
Islamic Relief USA has worked with the American Red Cross in numerous previous disaster relief efforts across the United States. In 2014, Islamic Relief USA signed a national Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the American Red Cross, the first formal partnership of its kind between the Red Cross and a Muslim response organization in the United States. Since its inception in 2011, IRUSA’s Disaster Response Team has been deployed to two dozen major disaster situations in the United States and has trained and certified more than 2,500 disaster responders throughout the United States.
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Islamic Relief USA meets all of the Standards for Charity Accountability of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, a national charity monitoring group affiliated with the Better Business Bureau system. Islamic Relief USA is on the U.S. government’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charity list, and it is also a signatory to the code of conduct of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.