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Disaster Assistance 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.

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

Current Efforts

2012, On going

Superstorm Sandy, which started as a category 1 hurricane with 90+ MPH winds, thrashed the Mid-Atlantic East Coast for several days, starting Oct. 28, 2012. As soon as storm watches were announced, DART moved quickly to offer its expertise and prepare for any relief efforts that would be needed. On Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, DART conferred with representatives from FEMA, American Red Cross and VOAD to discuss emergency response efforts. A day later, DART teams arrived in New Jersey, where the brunt of the storm was forecast to hit, and met with local DART volunteers before splitting into two teams to offer shelter management at separate relief areas on the campus of Rutgers University. Efforts continued for several days. DART teams have also been working with local NGO groups, including the Church of Latter-day Saints, to help as needed in a variety of hard-hit neighborhoods in New York and New Jersey. Major clean-up efforts began on Nov. 10, and food distribution began in mid-December; and mold testing in affected homes continues. Learn more about relief efforts for survivors of Hurricane Sandy.

Completed Efforts

Read about DART’s past efforts: 2013 | 2012 | 2011

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