Disaster Response programs: 2011-present
On April 25, 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal with the epicenter in Lamjung district, followed by another 7.4-magnitude earthquake near Mount Everest. According to the government of Nepal, more than 8,800 people were killed, over 604,900 homes were destroyed and around 290,000 were damaged. The Nepal government declared a state of emergency and requested international aid.
Habitat for Humanity is responding to the earthquakes in cooperation with the Nepal government and coordinated through the Shelter Cluster’s network of relevant humanitarian agency partners. Habitat for Humanity aims to support disaster-affected families through rubble removal, temporary shelter kit distribution, detailed safety assessments of houses and permanent home construction.
On October 15, 2013, The Central Visayas region of the Philippines witnessed a 7.2-magnitude earthquake known as the Bohol earthquake. More than 3 million lives were affected and more than 54,000 houses damaged. Habitat for Humanity Philippines was able to work with public and private sectors to conduct a rapid assessment and use the mobilized Habitat Emergency Response to transport materials that would help in repairing damages to community centers, health centers and municipal halls.
Habitat Philippines launched Rebuild Bohol to build more than 8,000 housing units for families affected by the earthquake. These core shelters are built to withstand 220 kph wind velocity and 6-magnitude earthquakes and use local materials such as bamboo which help the local economy and are environmentally friendly. Some aspects of the Habitat Core Shelter design include steel light frame materials for columns and beams for the structure, corrugated galvanized iron sheets for the roof and bamboo slots used for reinforcement and flexibility of becoming earthquake resilient. Plastering of cement will allow the Habitat core shelter to become more typhoon and flood resilient.
Typhoon Haiyan hits the Philippines
On Nov 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, leaving behind widespread devastation. The Philippine government has reported that more than 9.6 million Filipinos have been affected in 41 provinces. Learn about our recovery efforts following the typhoon and how you can help.
Flooding in Colorado/Western United States
Colorado and other western states are dealing with historic flooding that has led to significant damage, ongoing evacuation orders, and continued search and rescue efforts to look for survivors. FEMA is reporting 1,882 homes destroyed and 17,494 homes damaged. Get details about our response to the historic flooding in Colorado and other western United States and ways you can help.
- Superstorm Sandy hits the U.S. East Coast
On Oct. 29, 2012, heavy rains and winds caused massive flooding and damage along the U.S. East Coast. Learn about our Superstorm Sandy recovery and rebuilding efforts and how you can help.
- Hurricane Isaac impacts the U.S. Gulf Coast
Heavy rains and high winds from Hurricane Isaac caused severe flooding along the U.S. Gulf Coast region, the Dominican Republic and affected families still recovering from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. You can support the recovery efforts by donating online to provide our impacted affiliates with the funds needed to rebuild their communities.
- Wildfires in the Western United States
Wildfires devastated nearly 7 million acres across the United States in 2012 alone. Local Habitat for Humanity affiliates are working with their communities to help. Learn how you can help families affected by these wildfires.
- Tornadoes in the Midwest and Southeastern United States
More than 77 tornadoes hit 14 Midwestern and Southeastern states and damaged more than 2,000 homes. Local Habitat affiliates in southern Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio are assisting with long-term recovery efforts. Donate online and support our recovery efforts in these communities.
- Monsoons, tropical storms, flooding and mudslides in El Salvador, Guatemala, Cambodia, India, Thailand and the Philippines
Typhoons and monsoon rains in the Pacific region and tropical storms in Central America have caused widespread flooding and mudslides. Tens of thousands of families have been forced from their homes and are in desperate need of shelter. Habitat is responding in many affected areas through emergency shelters, shelter repair kits, hygiene kits, WASH education and the repair, rehabilitation and reconstruction of homes. Please make a donation to the Disaster Response fund to support long-term recovery in these communities and disasters like it.
- Tornadoes and flooding in the central United States
In April and May 2011, the central United States was hit by tornadoes across the south and Midwest, a tornado in Joplin, Mo., and heavy rains and flooding along the Mississippi River. Hundreds of people were killed, neighborhoods were flooded and entire communities were destroyed. Learn more about the tornadoes and flooding in the central U.S. and how you can help.
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