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20th Anniversary

Ready to respond in times of crisis and disaster.

Impact

Conflict and natural disasters can suddenly devastate families and communities without warning, leading to displacement, poverty, and illness.

Humanity First works with local governments and other agencies to quickly offer humanitarian relief to help restore communities. And because Humanity First also works on longer-term projects, we already have a robust network of volunteers on the ground. That means that when a disaster strikes, Humanity First can call on that network to quickly mobilize resources to where they are most needed. And later, those same people are on hand to support the work of rebuilding.

985,204

People served

75

Disasters Addressed

5

Estimated Volunteer Hours

Disaster Relief Efforts

Since our founding in 2004, Humanity First USA has responded to disasters near and far, big and small. The Humanity First Disaster Relief team is part of the United Nations-World Health Organization EMT (Emergency Medical Team) Initiative. In fact, our EMT has been invited by the WHO to respond to major disasters around the world.

See more about the impact that Humanity First USA has during times of disaster with your support.

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Palestine

October 15, 2023
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Morocco Earthquake

September 8, 2023
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Maui Fires

August 8, 2023
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Typhoon Mawar

May 24, 2023
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Türkiye Earthquake

February 6, 2023
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Hurricane Ian

September 28, 2022
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Hurricane Fiona

September 18, 2022
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Pakistan Floods

June 15, 2022
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Nigeria Flooding

June 1, 2022
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Ukraine Conflict

February 24, 2022
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COVID-19 Pandemic

January 20, 2020
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Hurricane Dorian

September 1, 2019
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Hurricane Harvey

August 25, 2017
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Garland Tornado

December 26, 2015
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Moore Tornado

May 20, 2013
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Hurricane Sandy

October 22, 2012
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Haiti Earthquake

January 12, 2010
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Pakistan Earthquake

October 8, 2005
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Hurricane Katrina

August 29, 2005
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Asian Tsunami

December 26, 2004

WHO Emergency Medical Team

The Humanity First Disaster Relief Team is a certified EMT under the UN WHO EMT initiative. Only certified teams can respond to disasters and medical emergencies around the world. Qualified EMTs must receive a direct invitation both through the WHO and the host nation’s Ministry of Health.

This certification process ensures that members of the EMT are fully trained in providing emergency care. EMTs must be fully equipped, self-sufficient, and able to deploy within 24 hours of being invited by the WHO and the Ministry of Health. Upon arrival, EMTs must be ready to serve in low-resource settings without any reliance or assistance from the host nation, while also collaborating with international and government agencies.

Humanity First is proud to maintain the high standards that are expected of the UN WHO EMT initiative.

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Disaster Response Medical Training

Humanity First provides teaching and training to its team of doctors, nurses, paramedics, and logistics staff to help them understand disaster response management.

For example, our Disaster Response Course teaches our members and aspiring new members how to provide emergency medical and surgical assistance during a disaster with minimal resources. Training covers public health, logistics, medical management, adult and pediatric life support, trauma resuscitation, and media training.

Student Division

The Humanity First Student Division (HFSD) is the official student auxiliary of Humanity First USA. HFSD is a platform to provide students opportunities to work with communities and individuals affected by natural disasters, poverty, and other challenges. Students involved with Humanity First learn invaluable skills and experiences to develop into tomorrow’s leaders.

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Stories

Humanity First has positively impacted countless lives, and the inspiring stories of those who have been helped continue to spread hope and compassion.

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Newsletter: Medical support in Gaza; young Marcelo at Nasir Hospital and other updates

With Humanity First USA’s financial support, our partner Anera successfully conducted two free medical days…
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One year after the 2023 earthquake that rocked Türkiye

“At one point, I noticed an elderly lady motioning and hinting that she needed more.…
A woman in a white coat and headscarf hands a bottle to a man with a patch on his face. She stands behind a table with boxes and bottles of medicine on top under a makeshift tent structure.
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Newsletter: 1,150 People Treated at Health Clinic in Palestine and more updates

With Humanity First USA’s financial support, our partner Anera successfully conducted two free medical days…

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How to Help

A one time donation to support families or if it is easier a recurring donation with help families struggling during natural disasters and war.

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Donate $10 a month or $120

Food Security: To feed a family in distress.

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Donate $10 a month or $120

Clean-Up Efforts: Help local DR teams clean up debris and destruction from homes and neighborhoods.

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Donate $35 a month or $420

DR Urgent Needs: Support efforts to assess ongoing crisis and dispatch medical care, shelter, and supplies as each situation unfolds.

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Raise $120

Food Security: To feed a family in distress.

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Raise $120

Clean-Up Efforts: Help local DR teams clean up debris and destruction from homes and neighborhoods.

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Raise $420

DR Urgent Needs: Support efforts to assess ongoing crisis and dispatch medical care, shelter, and supplies as each situation unfolds.

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