Disaster Relief, Habitat’s Response

Supporting families affected by disasters requires immediate, comprehensive and collaborative actions. Long after humanitarian aid organizations have completed their relief work, the need for quality shelter and housing remains for months and years.


On November 8, 2013, one of the strongest storms in recorded history – Typhoon Haiyan – devastated the Philippines, killing thousands and leaving tens of thousands more homeless and desperately needing help. Habitat for Humanity International has teams already on the ground providing crisis assistance. The immediate goal is to distribute 50,000 units of clean-up/hygiene kits, 30,000 shelter repair kits and then move quickly to reconstruct 10,000 core housing units.

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On February 27, 2010, a devastating 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Chile, 200 miles southwest of Santiago.  Buildings and houses were destroyed.  Habitat for Humanity will mobilize all available resources to address shelter solutions for low-income families affected by the quake.  Habitat for Humanity has been working with families in Chile since 2001.  Habitat for Humanity Chile has provided more than 6,300 housing solutions to low-income Chilean families since 2002 and has extensive training in working in disaster recovery.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 quake, the most powerful earthquake to hit Haiti in a century, struck southern Haiti. There are nearly 10,000 persons of Haitian descent currently living in the Greater Los Angeles region.  In response to this major disaster, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles has announced its plans to work closely with Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) to aid in the country’s recovery efforts.

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On September 22, 2009 the Islands Of Samoa and American Samoa were hit with an offshore earthquake with magnitude of 8.3 causing a Tsunami which pushed 20-foot waves on shore with the reported force of a jetliner in flight. Without notice villages along the seaside, and inland up to one mile were swept away. Along with the buildings, many residents were also swept away or killed by the velocity of the waves. Hardest hit were children, many of whom were walking home from school at the time. Given the tight knit nature of the Pacific Islands, the CBS Evening News reported that every family on the islands has been affected by this disaster.

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