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 and then team up with communities to build back stronger.
We have responded to almost every global natural disaster in the last 20 years, including Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Japan tsunami, the Haiti earthquake, hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, and the Indian Ocean tsunami.
Our seasoned emergency responders work through conflict in Gaza and are on the ground in Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic distributing critical supplies and protecting families uprooted by ongoing violence.
We're also working to support 2.5 million people affected by the crisis in Syria, a long-term refugee crisis and humanitarian disaster with no end in sight. Learn more about our ongoing response to the Syrian crisis ▸
All stories about Emergency response
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.
United States: Catastrophic Hurricane Strikes U.S. Gulf Coast August 29, 2005
Niger: Responding to Health Needs in Niger August 22, 2005
Mercy Corps has an emergency team on the ground in one of Niger’s most famine-stricken areas, helping serve malnourished children and families by improving the quality and reach of critical health care.