In recent years, the United States has increased an adequate fund of billions of dollars for disaster. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) States experienced two devastating storms in 2019 between January and April. In a statistical analysis of disasters that happened in the United States, the number was mind-boggling, six large-scale disasters per year. In the last five years, the number hobnailed to twelve. Alone in 2018, natural disaster costs from national coffers are $100 billion and nearly lost 250 lives.
Whenever a disaster happens, the humanitarian emergency response organization comes into action to aid the affected communities. Generally, they work closely with the community leaders to see and prioritize humanitarian needs like treating victims, rescuing, providing temporary shelter, providing trauma counseling, serving meals, giving hygienic kits. These emergency services divide their operation in response, recovery, and mitigation of any disaster.
Whether your relief organization is nonprofit, you want to partner with disaster response agencies, citizens, and volunteers to provide aid to the affected. Below is the list to see the organization of domestic and international disaster relief. It’s not a comprehensive list. There is a good place to begin.
International Disaster Relief Agencies
There are plenty of humanitarian organizations working around the world for disaster relief. These agencies are unique and hold special places in the victim’s heart. They have the skill to manage and mitigate the disaster. Furthermore, the agencies can enhance the affected communities and recover them.
- The World Vision – it’s a Christian humanitarian agency. It educates and mobilizes community-based volunteers to aid the disaster sites. They also have consultancy to serve local unaffiliated Christian charities and churches; collects manages and arranges goods distribution in the affected people.
- All Hands Volunteer – they have a mission to meet the short- and long-term requirement of the communities affected by the disaster. Alongside communities, All Hands Volunteers build schools, homes, and infrastructure on the disaster site.
- The American Red Cross – work to ease disaster-related sorrow via humanitarian assistance and disaster relief measures. The scope of relief includes first aid, feeding station, cleaning supplies, shelters, food, hygienic kits, clothes, transportation, home repairs, and medical supplies. They make sure the people drink clean and pure water at the site. ARC can handle large disasters and small house fires.
- The Salvation Army – it’s one of the biggest disaster relief agencies in the world. They are experts in providing mobile feeding, shelters, medical aid, and ration distribution.
- Direct Relief International – it’s one of the top humanitarian aid agencies. They are actively working in 70 countries and 50 states. They have a mission to improve the lives and health of the affected people due to disaster or poverty. They work with the community closely to find and deploy medical assistance resources to save their lives.
- The REACT International – this organization provides emergency assistance to the affected communities. They have a strong network with top professionals on board to devise a strategy to take-out people from devastating times. They are always on standby and prepared with a plan for local disasters.
National Relief Agencies
There are various domestically operated disaster-relief agencies in the United States. These are generalized and specialized organizations in whatever national disaster hits the country.
- The National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) –provides disaster victims with mental counseling. Individuals and families get trauma mitigation training. They have the most trained experts on board to give appropriate training to the affected ones.
- AmeriCares – it has three objectives in the disaster days: ready, respond and recover. They work closely with the local government and health sector to give appropriate assistance to the victims. The operations are swift, and little mistakes may tend to be a big problem. So, the people working the AmeriCares are highly-professionals who have extensive experience in disaster-relief organizations.
- SBP – the organization founded in 2006 after the Katrina Hurricane. Essentially, the organization is built to mitigate the initial disaster and recover in the next phase. They have a five-part mission: rebuild effectively, share their model with different organizations, construction of home and training of the volunteers, advisory of municipal and state personnel, and advocacy of law change to improve recovery of disaster. They build homes below the market value.
Flood Relief Agencies
- Team Rubicon – the agency has served in over 80 flood-affected areas. Team Rubicon has strong experience in disaster relief, combined with the veteran military personnel in their organization. They have the best medical professionals. The team works internationally and domestically. The sites are very dangerous where the Rubicon has worked, from flooding to earthquake places.
Earthquake Relief Agencies
- UNICEF – who doesn’t know about this organization? The organization spread in almost every country. They have provided critical aid in critical times, whether it’s Japan, the Philippines, Ecuador, Mexico, Haiti, or Nepal. They deal with all the short-and-long-term necessities in the affected places like shelter, water, food, healthcare, and health counseling.
Due to changes in weather and environment – earthquake, volcanoes, hurricane, and other natural disasters have been increased. The disaster response volunteer of all the organizations must be on their toes and prepared to mitigate the impact. If things are not done on time in disaster relief, it’s useless to work. People need money and food urgently. Organizations must have all their donors on board all the time.
Nonprofit and government organizations must work closely together for the recruitment of volunteers. Trained volunteers and management in organizations is inevitable. The organization also ensure that volunteer safety to boost their morale and energy.
Irrespective of government or nonprofit disaster-relief organizations – it’s significant to get familiar with these organizations to know about their work. At least, people will know what to do in the disaster response if it strikes.
Juan Brown is working in volunteer management in one of the humanitarian emergency response organizations. In his free time, Brown has been educating people on disaster relief to create awareness.