First Response

The Brisbane Flood of 2011 destroyed nearly 28,000 homes

The Brisbane Flood of 2011 destroyed nearly 28,000 homes

Natural disasters claim the lives of millions each year, many in developing countries without immediate access to supplies, food and medicine. In fact, over 5.7 million people in the Western Hemisphere alone are affected by natural disasters like hurricanes every year.

Today, a growing number of non-profit organizations like1Response are there to combat disasters like earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and famine caused by drought. The money channeled into these disaster-stricken areas by groups like ours is the key to reducing the number of fatalities.

How We Respond

Much of our assistance after a natural disaster comes in the form of material items. This includes food, shelter, clean-up and comfort kits and even financial assistance where needed.Nurses that volunteer for 1Response can also help victims of a natural disaster by attending to a variety of health-related problems while delivering much-needed first aid. Our organization helps to cover the cost of necessary medical needs, such as prescriptions, surgery and emergency treatment.

The U.N. has declared a famine in Africa after the worst drought in nearly 60 years. There are over 12 million people in the region in need of assistance to survive. 1Response fights famine by providing food, clean drinking water and other supplies to families in need. Along with this immediate assistance, we also believe in providing long-term help. We help to build and repair drinking wells all over the region so locals as well as refugees have access to safe, clean water.

The aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti

The aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti

Recovery after the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 is still underway as well. Volunteers all over the world helped Haiti victims to recover from the disaster by providing immediate emergency assistance. Today, rebuilding is underway. Volunteers and assistance is still needed to help provide permanent homes to the thousands of families still without shelter.

What We Do?

Tents for earthquake survivors

Tents for earthquake survivors

1Response was created to help the millions of people that find themselves without a home each year due to catastrophe. Our non-profit organization works to mobilize funds quickly to the areas around the world that need it the most. We begin by working with local organizations, governments, companies and community leaders to determine which affected areas are most in need of immediate assistance. Next, we mobilize businesses in the area and deliver resources like tents, food, fresh water and medical supplies to disaster victims. Organizations like 1Response are the best way to respond to a natural disaster because aid can be mobilized quickly. With our team of volunteers, we make sure responders are on the scene as soon as possible.

After we make sure all immediate needs are met, we aid in the reconstruction effort in the area. Volunteers use donated funds to directly help with the rebuilding of local homes, churches and community centers to get the area back on its feet after a disaster.

The Facts

Ambulance

Ambulance

According the World Health Organization, almost 1.8 million people die each year due to diarrheal disease alone. Almost 1 out of every 6 people on earth lack access to clean water, two-thirds of which live in Asia. Although hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters can cause widespread damage and fatalities, drought is one of the biggest problems because it usually triggers malnutrition and famine across whole countries. 1.4 billion people, or 1 in 4, live in extreme poverty, which is defined as living on less than $1.25 each day. More than 30% of child deaths on earth are caused by under nutrition. About 1 in every 5 deaths of a child under 5 can be prevented with proper nutrition. Organizations like 1Response work to fight these problems around the world with donations from caring individuals.