Active Disaster Relief Efforts

From the earthquakes in Indonesia to the growing Rohingya refugee crisis, this is a devastating time for global disasters. Global Impact’s charity alliance includes leading disaster response organizations like AmericaresInternational Medical Corps, and Save the Children. Our charity partners have long-standing programs in many of the locations around the world where both manmade and natural disasters occur, providing immediate and long-term relief for the world’s most vulnerable people. Domestically, our partners are vital in the response effort, protecting children, providing emergency medical supplies, and ensuring that sanitary conditions are maintained and resources are available.
 
Global Impact has the latest response information from on-the-ground and mobilizing responders, as well as funds available to donate to the relief and recovery efforts for the following active disasters:

California fires

Direct Relief volunteers loading supplies.
Multiple fires recently raged simultaneously across California, covering thousands of acres of ground and threating the lives of thousands of people. Hundreds are still missing, and the town of Paradise, California – once home to 27,000 – has been completely leveled. Now, incoming rain has put areas affected by the fire at risk for flooding and mudslides.

Hurricane Michael

Gordon Folkes for Save the Children
On Wednesday, Oct. 10, Hurricane Michael made landfall at Mexico Beach near the Florida Panhandle.  With winds reaching 155 mph, the category four storm is one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the United States in the past 50 years. 
 
As of Monday, Oct. 15, 250,000 are without power and there have been at least 18 deaths reported. Flooding has destroyed nearly 1,000 homes in Port St. Joe, while Mexico Beach has been left uninhabitable. It’s estimated that the storm has caused about $8 billion in damages. 
 

Indonesian Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Efforts

Indonesia earthquake

On Friday, Sept. 28 a 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit Palu on Sulawesi island in Indonesia causing a massive tsunami and killing more than 1,500 people. Thousands of buildings have been destroyed and more than 70,000 people have been displaced in Palu alone. This disaster is the second major earthquake to hit Indonesia in just two months. 

Typhoon Mangkhut

Typhoon Mangkhut
Super Typhoon Mangkhut (or Ompong) made landfall on the island of Luzon in the Philippines early Saturday morning, before moving into the Chinese province of Guangdong late Sunday afternoon. With sustained winds of up to 107 mph, the typhoon downed trees and caused extensive damage across Guangdong; on Luzon, it brought dangerous storm surge and landslides that have blocked roads, destroyed homes and buried communities. Search and rescue operations are still underway.

Hurricane Florence

Direct Relief
Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina on Friday, Sept. 14, as a Category 1 storm with sustained wind speeds of 90 mph. In the first eight hours after reaching land, it dumped more than 14 inches of rain across the state, causing massive flooding. More than 200,000 people in North and South Carolina are currently without electricity, while more than 1,000 have been rescued and 15,000 are staying at emergency shelters. At least 37 deaths have been reported. The hurricane has been downgraded to a tropical depression but still brings with it a risk of heavy rainfall, flash floods and landslides as it continues to move its way north.
 
Our charity partners are working to provide relief to those affected by the storm.

Kerala, India Flooding

Heavy rain that began on Aug. 8 has triggered ongoing flooding and landslides across the Kerala state in southern India. Rainfall in some areas came in at well over double that of a typical monsoon season, resulting in the worst flooding that the area has seen in a century. Currently, an estimated 32 million people have been affected, with more one million displaced and 400 dead. The floods have taken homes and crops, disrupted roads and transportation and have caused devastating landslides across the region, causing nearly $3 billion in damage.
 

Guatemala Volcano Relief

On June 3, the Fuego volcano in Guatemala violently erupted without warning, covering nearby communities with a dangerous mix of hot ash, rock and gases. A second eruption occurred the following Tuesday, pushing the death toll to more than 75 with hundreds of people still missing. Learn more.

Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Thousands of Rohingya are fleeing the northern Rakine province of Myanmar to escape escalating violence and persecution in what the U.N. is calling “the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.” Since August 2017, it’s estimated that more than half a million Rohingya have escaped over the border into Bangladesh. In just one month, at least 6,700 were killed, including 730 children under five years old.

Syrian Refugee Crisis

In March 2011, Syria was launched into a civil war. Since then, an estimated 11 million Syrians fled their homes, seeking refuge in neighboring countries or within Syria’s borders. Those who stay in their homeland face the threat of violence and dwindling resources, while those who leave struggle with restrictive laws, dangerous border crossings, finding work and shelter, and keeping their families together and safe.

Donations to these funds will support some or all of the responding charities listed. Funds are also available on Benevity and YourCause. 
 
If you are interested in utilizing these funds through your workplace or are in need of additional response information, please reach out to [email protected]. We have custom solutions available for fundraising or to provide employee assistance, as well as volunteer opportunities available through our partners.