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We are supporting the physical and psychological needs of millions of Americans struggling to rebuild in the wake of several severe natural disasters across the country.

Every year, the United States of America is exposed to extreme weather systems that threaten its cities and communities. These devastating phenomena cause untold destruction and warrant large-scale relief, clean-up, and rehabilitation. Since 2005, we have been sending relief teams to the United States to support, facilitate, and implement relief operations. The most recent of these were Superstorm Sandy in October of 2012, and the tornadoes that swept through Oklahoma in May 2013.


Statistics

Katrina Deathtoll
1,863
Katrina Displaced Population
>1 Million
Katrina Economic Damage
$135 Billion
Sandy USA Deathtoll
128
Sandy Max Power-less Population
7.5 Million
Sandy Economic Damage
$62 Billion
Oklahoma Tornadoes Death Toll
23
Oklahoma Destroyed Homes
1,150
Oklahoma Economic Damage
$2 Billion

IsraAID and USA

In August 2005, the massive hurricane Katrina made landfall twice in the United States, first in Florida, and then in Louisiana and Mississipi, causing widespread destruction. In Louisana, in particular, storm surges in excess of 6m (20 ft.) overran levees meant to protect metropolitan New Orleans, and over 80% of the city was submerged up to 6m deep (20 ft.). We immediately sent a team to assist with rescue and rehabilitation efforts as well as share our relief experience with local and international missions.

Our Katrina Rescue Operation included elite search and rescue divers, doctors and nurses, trauma specialists, and relief workers, who together combined to reach over 3,000 people with emergency supplies, medical treatment, and rescue operations.

Our Projects

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Emergency Aid After Superstorm Sandy

Rapid relief in the New York City area

In late October 2012, Superstorm Sandy devastated large sections of the Eastern United States. Combining strong winds, ocean surges and heavy rain (and snow in some states), Sandy was a storm the likes of which have not been seen in over 80 years.

Our first team arrived in early November, and deployed straight to the Breezy Point and Far Rockaway areas. Connecting with national governmental and humanitarian organizations, they stayed for nearly 3 months, and conducted various relief activities such as clearing of mud, muck, silt, and other typically semi-solid material from a home. We also assisted in the removal of flood-affected personal items, appliances, fixtures, and any other items that are not structural components of the home that were submerged or damaged by floodwaters.

One of our main goals was to focus on individuals that do not have the insurance coverage and who come from middle to low income status.In addition, lower-income families and primary housing were prioritized over secondary housing.

Goals

  • Facilitate relief supply distribution
  • Coordinate and strenghten rehabilitation efforts
  • Actively search for needy communities not currently receiving support
  • Minimize personal loss through rapid response and recovery
  • Facilitate the coordination of relief efforts by relevant bodies

Achievements

  • 61 households assisted
  • 2 faith-based institutions rehabilitated
  • Coordinated and facilitated the work of over 330 volunteers
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Tornado Recovery In Oklahoma

Support and debris removal in Greater Oklahoma

We sent 3 teams of relief workers to Oklahoma to assist local authorities with debris removal and initial rehabilitation following a series of devastating tornadoes. This includes the first removal of wreckage such as trees, cars, roofs, etc. In addition, we worked with private individuals to save as much as possible from the wreckage of their homes.

The project beneficiaries were for the most part locals of the Greater Oklahoma areas whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the tornadoes, and who did not have the necessary insurance to cover removal of debris and rehabilitation. In addition, we supervised and facilitated other volunteer groups that joined the relief efforts.

Goals

  • Facilitate relief supply distribution to affected families
  • Perform the first stage of rehabilitation for public infrastructures
  • Support private families without insurance or means to cover debris removal

Achievements

  • Over 50 households cleared of debris and prepared for rehabilitation/reconstruction
  • Coordinated over 320 volunteers from other relief groups
  • Total of over 460 people reached
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Flood Relief in Colorado

Immediate support to flood-affected communities in Colorado

During the week of September 9th 2013, massive flash flooding along Colorado’s Front Range Mountains, triggered by what the National Weather Service has termed “biblical rainfall amounts”, cut off small towns and forced thousands of families to leave their homes. Over 17,500 homes were affected, and the cities of Lyons and Jamestown completely devoid of basic utilities. The cities of Boulder, Longmont, Greeley, Loveland, Evans, Lyons, and Jamestown were among the hardest hit.

Drawing on over a decade of humanitarian responses in 22 countries, most recently in the United States after Superstorm Sandy and tornadoes in Oklahoma, IsraAID deployed an emergency response team to Colorado. They are providing immediate relief, and guiding local communities in their efforts to clean out destroyed homes, and lay the groundwork for future reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts. This cleaning stage is crucial to avoid major health and hygiene issues from contaminated water, open sewage, and the onset of dangerous mold. Specifically, IsraAID and its partners are focusing on Lyons which is still closed to the public. All the utilities are disconnected, and the water is contaminated with sewage, leading to fears of widespread E.Coli outbreaks. 

Goals

  • Facilitate local needs assessments
  • Coordinate and strengthen rehabilitation efforts
  • Actively search for needy communities not currently receiving support
  • Minimize personal loss through rapid response and recovery
  • Facilitate the coordination of relief efforts by relevant bodies

Achievements

  • Over 40 households assisted
  • Coordinated the work of over 30 local volunteers.