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Disaster Relief

The following links bring you to information on how to give or obtain help following a disaster. For information on disaster preparation and mental health needs following disaster, see Types of Trauma: Disasters.

  • American Red Cross*
    The Red Cross focuses on the immediate needs of disaster-stricken areas, providing food, water, and clothing for survivors. 1-800-435-7669.
  • CARE*
    CARE is a humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Disasters
    This CDC site contains information on public health issues related to the many types of disasters.
  • Center for International Disaster Information*
    A Center that handles hundreds of thousands of public inquiries related to international emergencies and raises public awareness.
  • Disaster Assistance
    The official US site for the most up-to-date information on disasters. Created by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
  • Disaster Psychiatry Outreach*
    A place for credentialed psychiatrists to volunteer to assist in disaster recovery and relief efforts.
  • Family Links Website*
    The aim of this International Committee of the Red Cross website is to help those separated by conflict or disaster to find information about their loved ones and to restore contact.
  • FEMA
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is part of the US Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts.
  • Habitat for Humanity International*
    Habitat for Humanity International welcomes all people to join them to build simple, decent, affordable houses in partnership with those who lack adequate shelter.
  • Hurricane Recovery
    This page at is the government's official information portal related to hurricane recovery efforts.
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)*
    The ICRC's mission is to protect and assist victims of war and international violence. The ICRC also provides emergency humanitarian relief if a disaster occurs in an area where ICRC has an operational presence.
  • International Medical Corps*
    Works to relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disaster, and disease by delivering vital health care services that focus on training, and helping devastated populations return to self-reliance.
  • Mental Health in Emergencies: WHO*
    The World Health Organization (WHO) provides mental health and psychosocial support in emergencies to disaster survivors or any population exposed to extreme stressors.
  • ReliefWeb*
    This site focuses on information regarding current humanitarian emergencies.
  • UNICEF (the United Nations Children's Fund)*
    This site contains a description of UNICEF's relief response and links to relevant articles. 1-800-4UNICEF.
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
    USAID has been the principal US agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms.
  • US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
    The mission of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is to protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of our nation. The Corps responds to large-scale local, regional, and national public health emergencies and disasters.
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