Islamic Relief USA will be collaborating with the American Red Cross to respond to “historical” floods in the state of Louisiana. Collaborating matters will include need assessments, logistics, sheltering, financial assistance and psychological first aid response among others.

Islamic Relief will provide 60 highly qualified volunteers to assist in the emergency response efforts.

“It is of outmost importance that we respond to a disaster of this magnitude in a rapid and effective manner, as a large number of people will be 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 will also provide financial assistance through Multi Agency Resource Centers (MARC), and will partner with groups such as Catholic Charities, Southern Baptists and Scientology disaster relief organizations to reach as many affected people as possible.

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.

Media Contact: Mayssoun Olabi or 703-370-7202


Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization. Its mission is to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy and disease regardless of color, race, gender or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. Islamic Relief USA aims to provide rapid relief in the event of human and natural disasters and to establish sustainable local development projects, allowing communities to better help themselves. Its programs benefit millions of people each year around the world, including in the United States.

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