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Disaster Response Team

When disaster strikes, Islamic Relief USA responds immediately to get vital resources to survivors as quickly and efficiently as possible. IRUSA Disaster Response Team members are essential to the success of our response. IRUSA is a member of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), which serves as a voice for nonprofit organizations and volunteers that work in all phases of disaster.

Click on the markers on the map below to learn about where DRT has responded and where DRT training sessions are available. Powered by iMapBuilder

Support Islamic Relief USA's DRT Team—made mostly of volunteers—by donating to help provide training in essential courses, like disaster assessment and shelter fundamentals, and to aid the procurement of supplies, transportation, lodging and food for volunteers while they donate their time to providing emergency relief in the field.

Join the DRT Team

Apply today to be a Disaster Response Team (DRT) member for Islamic Relief USA, and turn your extra time into good deeds. Fill out this form or contact Miriam Soliman, Islamic Relief USA disaster response team coordinator, at dart@irusa.org. And join the conversation about DRT on social media—make sure to use #IRDRT with your note.

DRT Training and Certification
Islamic Relief emergency volunteers undergo extensive training by certified staffers from the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The safety and security of our volunteers are extremely important to us—and every precaution is taken to provide the smoothest experience possible for our team members. Training Schedule Islamic Relief USA offers training sessions for disaster assistance efforts. Click on your state's name to learn when the next planned session is coming to your area.

How DRT Has Helped

2015 Efforts


April, Completed

On April 9, severe storms and tornadoes swept through Illinois. IRUSA's disaster response team connected quickly with local emergency teams to learn how they could assist. The team remained on standby as they awaited the go-ahead from those on the ground. Then, local IRUSA Disaster Response volunteers moved in to help the community as needed.

IRUSA's disaster response team, with approximately 25 other organizations and governmental departments, assisted those who had just experienced these severe storms and tornadoes, by giving financial assistance to those affected in their greatest time of need, and by providing them care and support as they work to get life back to normal.


Read about DRT's past efforts: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011

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