Life can change for millions of families in an instant: natural disasters take loved ones and the outbreak of war drives families from their homes. When the unthinkable happens, Mercy Corps delivers rapid, lifesaving aid to hard-hit communities.
We have responded to almost every global disaster in the last 20 years, including the Japan tsunami, Haiti earthquake, hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, Indian Ocean tsunami, and most recently, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
We're also working to support nearly two million people affected by the crisis in Syria, a long-term humanitarian disaster with no end in site. Learn more about our ongoing response to the Syrian refugee crisis ▸
All stories about Emergency response
United States: The War on Katrina September 13, 2005
United States: Crossing Great Distances September 12, 2005
I read today that the disaster footprint left by Hurricane Katrina is larger than the size of Great Britain. As I travel across decimated Louisiana parishes and through wrecked Mississippi counties, I feel like I'm traversing the entire expanse of a country.
United States: In Between Roadblocks September 11, 2005
I passed the first roadblock just as Deuce McAllister found the end zone for a touchdown.
United States: The Kindness of Neighbors September 10, 2005
United States: Returning to a Different Place September 9, 2005
United States: Aid Worker Among the Displaced September 2, 2005
Two years ago, Eileen Ihrig was living in Pakistan, overseeing health services and ensuring the availability of clean water for thousands of Afghan refugees who had fled Kabul in the aftermath of U.S. military action there in 2001.
United States: A History of Domestic Emergency Response September 1, 2005
Mercy Corps is best known for its swift and effective response to international disasters. But sometimes, the magnitude of disasters right here in the U.S. compels us to act. Hurricane Andrew
United States: Tales of Survival Broadcast from the Gulf Region August 31, 2005
There’s no telling how long it will be before survivors of Hurricane Katrina can safely return to their homes - or how many will have homes to return to.
United States: Veteran Aid Worker Says Agency Expertise will Bolster Rebuilding Effort August 31, 2005
Nick Macdonald, one of the first humanitarian workers on the ground in Sri Lanka after last December's Indian Ocean tsunami, is among a team of veteran disaster responders that Mercy Corps is assembling in Louisiana.
United States: Mercy Corps Partners with Episcopal Relief and Development to Aid Survivors of Hurricane Katrina August 30, 2005
As flood waters continue to inundate much of the U.S. Gulf Coast, Mercy Corps is partnering with Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) to meet the immediate and longer-term needs of people displaced from their homes in coastal Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.