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This page provides details of how we use funds that we have raised to respond to disasters worldwide and includes details of our most recent deployments.

Overall approach
What is deployed
Recent deployments

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Overall approach

Sensitive to criticism that the humanitarian aid movement is sometimes slow to act when disaster strikes, Disaster Aid International has its own Disaster Aid Response Team (DART).  Its raison d’être is to get the group’s survival systems to those in most need, soonest, safely, via its team of highly trained and experienced professionals and volunteers.  We do not aim to be the first on the ground to establish evacuation centres but to provide a meaningful response as soon as families are able to be safely located within their communities.

When help is sought or we are alerted to an impending or actual disaster, the first assessment is whether the situation is likely to benefit from Disaster Aid International’s specific area of expertise:  to provide shelter for families within their communities so that they can be supported in building a sustainable future for the longer term.

Once this assessment is made a DART is rapidly brought together using group selection criteria.  The DART, usually small in number and tightly focused, is then deployed to the scene.

d consultationThe DART conducts a reconnaissance and gathers intelligence.    Many factors are taken into consideration, for example, the social, legal, economic, political, technological aspects of the locale and then more specifically, logistics, warehousing and security.  Need assessments, incorporating consideration of water, sanitation and health conditions are conducted.  Site assessments are then carried out and distribution plans put in place.  All this is done in liaison with other aid agencies wherever possible.   The job of moving the survival systems from storage facilities to the front line begins.d shelter

Our international DART undertakes to go the “extra mile” and to do its utmost to overcome all the obstacles in its way to ensure the survival systems are delivered personally to those in most need;  as quickly and as safely as possible.

The DART is trained to work effectively under severe emergency conditions.  Get further information about how to become a  DART team member.


What is deployed

Disaster Aid International has a range of products that it can deploy according to the needs identified during the initial in-country assessment.

Care is taken to ensure that only equipment that is defined as needed is actually sent.  This may mean that tents may be sent with or without associated survival kits, water filters etc.  In cases where damaged homes are recoverable, it may D Philippines DAA Jan 2014 038be more appropriate to use funds to purchase building materials locally.

All material that is sent or supplied is deployed under the supervision of the DART or by those who have been trained by the DART in cases where aid has to be dispersed over a wide area.

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Recent Deployments:

Prior to joining Disaster Aid International in 2010, Disaster Aid UK & Ireland came under Emergency Box/ LifeBox.   Between 1975 and 2010, 26,000 boxes were despatched Worldwide to a range of countries including:  Angola, Bangladesh, Cameroon, China, Congo,Croatia, Djibouti,  Egypt, Ethiopia, Greece, Guinea, Haiti,India, Italy, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan,Philippines , Sierra Leone.

Vanuatu: Cyclone Pam, March 2015

What has been described as the worst storm, with winds of up to 300km/h, to hit the Pacific has resulted in at least 3,300 people being displaced and over 19,000 households in need of essential aid. The shortage of drinking water has been defined as critical. Over 90% of the buildings have been destroyed.

Pam hits Vanuatu on Saturday

Disaster Aid International Deploys in Vanuatu


East Coast of Malaysia:  January, 2015

Exceptionally heavy and prolonged monsoon rain, exacerbated by recent deforestation, created a Tsunami effect on the Sungei Galas, Sungei Lebir and Kelantan rivers.  At the height of the floods, over 200,000 inhabitants had to be relocated and many other communities were cut off from food and medical supplies.

Deployment on the East Coast of Malaysia: 12 – 26 January, 2015

Nepal Landslides, 14 August 2014

Heavy rain at the beginning of August in the Sindhupalchowk district in Nepal caused massive landslides which in turn blocked one of the main tributaries of the Koshi River.  The initial landslides, together with the threat from the artificial lake that had built up behind the blockage of the river, resulted in 5,000 families being displaced.  Rain continued through the month with the number of people displaced by 17 August reached nearly 30,000.  For news reports see:

Disaster Aid International Deploying in Nepal(30/09/14)

Aid on its way to it’s destination in Nepal (06/10/14)

 Deployment of 100 tents in Jaqmunaphata, Bardiya District  (22/10/14)


Typhoon Haiyan (known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda), 8 November 2013

Typhoon Haiyan is the strongest storm in recorded history to reach landfall. The statistics from March 2014 show it resulted in 6, 6,268 dead, 28,689 injured, 1,061 missing with over 4 million people being displaced. For our news reports see:

Local Aid Workers caught in Super Typhoon change direction (10/11/13)

Report from Rapid Assessment Team on Leyte Island 12–13 Nov 2013 (15/11/13)

Planning for Deployment on Leyte (18/11/13)

Disaster Aid International In-Country Team Assessment of North West Panay: 21 Nov 2013 (21/11/13)

Deployment Plan for the Philippines: 1 – 31 December (5/12/13)

Recorded Interview with Christine Cassar (5/12/13)

Recent Change of Approach to Deployment in the Philippines now in Action (17/12/13)


Bohol Earthquake,  15 October 2013

This was the deadliest earthquake to hit the Philippines for 23 years and was equivalent to 32 Hiroshima bombs. 73,000 structures were damaged and by the time Typhon Haiyan struck (see above), there were still 40,000 people in temporary shelters. For our news reports see:

Deployment in Bohol, the Philippines following 15th October Earthquake (12/10/13)








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