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Highlighted Disaster Response programs

Typhoon Haiyan

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.

Habitat for Humanity’s national organization in the Philippines began distributing emergency shelter kits to families affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the first week, and distributions continue. In total, Habitat plans to distribute 30,000 shelter repair kits and 50,000 clean-up kits in typhoon-hit areas across the country.


Devastating spring 2013 tornadoes

A series of spring tornadoes in Texas and Oklahoma has left many communities devastated. One of the tornadoes struck a community in the Granbury area of Texas, where up to 120 homes were damaged or destroyed in a neighborhood that included 60 Habitat for Humanity houses. That’s just one of the areas where Habitat will help.

Habitat for Humanity mobilized volunteers for cleanup efforts and has begun responding with home repairs and new construction in many affected areas.



Superstorm Sandy

On Oct. 29, 2012, heavy rains and winds caused massive flooding and damage along the U.S. East Coast.

As ravaged cities recover from the massive damage caused by floods, wind and fire, Habitat for Humanity will continue to help to address the varying levels of shelter, housing repair and rebuilding needs.



Haiti earthquake

On Jan. 12, 2010, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck the Caribbean nation of Haiti just 10 miles west of the capital, Port-au-Prince. 

The earthquake damaged nearly 190,000 houses, of which 105,000 were completely destroyed. Of the more than 2 million affected survivors, more than 300,000 are still displaced today.

In three years, Habitat has served more than 50,000 families.


Central United States tornadoes and flooding

In April and May, 2011, violent storms and tornadoes swept across the south and Midwest. A devastating tornado hit Joplin, Mo. Heavy rains caused record flooding along the Mississippi River. 

Hundreds of people were killed, neighborhoods were flooded and entire communities were destroyed. Thousands were left homeless.

Local Habitat affiliates are leading the cleanup and rebuilding efforts with significant support from Habitat for Humanity International.





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Southern Philippines flash floods and landslides

On Dec. 16, 2011, tropical Storm Washi caused landslides and devastating flash floods in the southern Philippines.

An estimated 7,000 houses were swept away, destroyed or damaged. More than 1,000 citizens were killed. More than 724,700 were affected, including the nearly 37,300 who were living in 54 evacuation centers.

Habitat for Humanity Philippines has pledged to build 6,000 housing units for displaced families, distribute 5,000 shelter repair kits and deploy three construction mobilization units to repair houses and restore and communities damaged by the storm. Read more in the Habitat for Humanity Disaster Response Catalogue.




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Indonesia disasters

On October 25, 2010, an earthquake and tsunami struck the Mentawai Islands near Sumatra. At least 500 people are reported to have been killed. An estimated 20,000 people have been displaced.

Additionally, on October 26, 2010, the eruption of Mount Merapi on the island of Java has resulted in the evacuation of an estimated 36,000 people. Reports from Habitat for Humanity Indonesia indicate nearly 130 Habitat home partner families are among those directly affected.





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U.S. Gulf Coast hurricanes (Katrina and Rita)

In August 2005, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck the Gulf Coast, displacing more than a million residents and inflicting major damage to nearly 550,000 homes.

Today, Habitat’s Gulf Coast affiliates continue to build houses in the affected area as part of the ongoing Gulf Recovery Effort.





Katrina & Rita: Five Years Later (2MB .pdf)


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