disaster relief

Compilation photo with poster featuring 'American Red Cross' (© FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) and profile portrait of Clara Barton (© AP Images)

The American Red Cross helps those who suffer

When Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in 1881, it helped Americans recover from natural disasters. Learn how its mission expanded — to the world.
Man watching as helicopter prepares to take off from deck of ship (U.S. Navy/Petty Officer 1st class Zackery Harmeyer)

U.S. and Pacific partners aid Tonga after disaster

The U.S. and international partners are providing critical humanitarian assistance to Tonga after a devastating volcanic eruption.
Men rushing earthquake victim on stretcher to Coast Guard helicopter (U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class Erik Villa-Rodriguez)

U.S. airlifts Haitians to safety after earthquake

The U.S. has provided search and rescue support and other humanitarian aid to Haiti following a devastating earthquake August 14.
Man throwing bottle of clear liquid while standing in collapsed home (© Julie Jacobson/AP Images)

Heroes of U.S. Diplomacy: When Haiti’s earthquake struck

Four U.S. diplomats placed themselves in danger and worked long hours to assist Haitians and U.S. citizens in the wake of Haiti's 2010 earthquake.
Women wearing personal protective equipment and carrying metal detectors walk down road (© Nader Daoud/AP Images)

Clearing mines and rebuilding lives after conflict

The U.S. and international partners are clearing land mines from post-conflict countries and supporting land mine survivors. Learn more about these efforts.
Man kneeling and talking to children sitting on cot in gymnasium (© Scott Dalton/American Red Cross)

American Red Cross: Volunteers helping those in need

In a year marked by natural disasters and a global pandemic, the American Red Cross has seen a surge in volunteers who want to save lives.
Man walking past destroyed home (USAID)

USAID helps hurricane survivors in Central and South America

After Hurricanes Eta and Iota swept through Central and South America, USAID jumped into action to provide relief supplies and other emergency aid.
Two masked women holding each other, others around them (© Mohammed Zaatari/AP Images)

U.S. aids Lebanese people after deadly explosion

The U.S. sent food and medical supplies to Lebanon following a deadly explosion. Find out how the U.S. is helping the Lebanese people during this crisis.
Graphic depicting hands touching ASEAN flag and coronavirus image crossed out (State Dept.)

U.S. stands with ASEAN to control the new coronavirus

Learn how the United States is providing millions of dollars in donations and emergency health assistance to its allies in Southeast Asia.