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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 Assistance 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 DART has responded and where DART training sessions are available. Powered by iMapBuilder

Support Islamic Relief USA's DART 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 DART Team

Apply today to be a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) 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 DART on social media—make sure to use #IRDART with your note.

DART 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 DART Has Helped

2014 Efforts

September, Complete

In August, floods swept through Detroit, causing major damage. Unfortunately, with a lack of media attention and of sufficiently equipped case workers, many survivors felt neglected. DART moved quickly to change that—upon getting the call to help, DART volunteers mobilized on Sept. 20 to help communities that had been affected. After meeting with local leadership, DART members devised a plan of action to help some 2,200 people in need in the most efficient and effective manner possible. Veteran DART staff also arranged a training session to provide ready and willing locals with the opportunity to become certified in disaster relief and to help their neighbors. As more volunteers arrived from around the country, the team began conducting assessments of damaged homes in order to best serve those affected. The deployment came to an end on Oct. 1, 2014.

August, Complete

On August 24, 2014, a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck California's Napa Valley. It was considered to be the largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years. Scores of people were injured, and power was knocked out for some 30,000 area residents. Numerous aftershocks also occurred. Local DART members were quickly deployed to help the American Red Cross and Cal OES carry out disaster assessments.

April, Complete

On April 27, 2014, devastating winds leveled communities in Arkansas killing a reported 16 people and displacing thousands in its wake. IRUSA's DART reached out to local Disaster Response personnel in the state to ascertain needs. By 4 p.m. the next day, DART leadership headed out to Arkansas to verify needs on the ground. The team worked closely with local response teams and the American Red Cross to place itself in the areas in need of most help, and conducted disaster assessment, sheltering and casework. "Islamic Relief USA has again guaranteed that the work we participate in is seamless and effective," said American Red Cross Operational Chief. DART was the only organization asked to position itself in the Operations Center of the American Red Cross. On Sunday, May 4, former U.S. President Bill Clinton acknowledged the dedication and hard work of first responders, including those from the American Red Cross and Islamic Relief USA's Disaster Assistance Response Team. Read more about the emergency effort here. During a meeting with local Muslim community leadership, DART was asked to set up training opportunities for the community in the future, and plans to do so are in the works.

Completed Efforts
Read about DART's past efforts: 2013 | 2012 | 2011

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