About Natural Disasters
Globally, natural disasters–such as hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions– are increasing in frequency and magnitude. According to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), over the last 20 years, more than 7,300 natural disasters affected over four billion people, resulting in 1.2 million deaths and $2.9 trillion in economic losses. Earthquakes and flooding are typically among the deadliest disasters, and in recent years, wildfires have also caused a record amount of damage and fatalities around the world.
In response, aid groups can deploy quickly to affected areas to provide vulnerable communities with urgently-needed humanitarian assistance, including food, nutrition, water, shelter, health, relief supplies, and protection for those affected by the disaster, including psychological and emotional support.
More information on the U.S. government’s humanitarian response to natural disasters and other crises around the world can be found here.
How You Can Help
- Send cash donations to reputable relief organizations working on the ground. They can make the most difference and save the most lives. Here’s how.
- If you are interested in volunteering, this page has what you need to know.
- Detailed information on how relief organizations use donations can be found at: GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, and the Better Business Bureau.
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