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Disasters and Emergency Response

World Vision's staff respond to natural disasters, conflicts and other emergencies in dozens of countries each year. Staff can provide eyewitness interviews, expert analysis and compelling insight into these tragic events.

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Lauren Fisher

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Subject Matter Experts:

Jeff Wright

Chris Palusky

Destruction in the Dominican Republic following Tropical Storm Chantal

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Heading back to school after the Oklahoma tornadoes
Jul 11, 2013

Heading back to school after the Oklahoma tornadoes

As children across the United States prepare to return to school in the next month, residents of tornado-slammed Moore, Okla., have an additional burden to bear. World Vision is on the ground there, helping to ease the transition while providing physical and emotional support to affected children and families.

FAQs: War in Syria, children, and the refugee crisis
Oct 29, 2014

FAQs: War in Syria, children, and the refugee crisis

Read our overview of the conflict in Syria, the refugee situation in neighboring countries, and World Vision’s response to the crisis.

U.N. issues largest-ever emergency appeal for Syria crisis
Jun 10, 2013

U.N. issues largest-ever emergency appeal for Syria crisis

UNICEF estimates that children make up more than half of the refugees fleeing Syria.

Oklahoma reels from more tornadoes; World Vision responding
Jun 1, 2013

Oklahoma reels from more tornadoes; World Vision responding

World Vision is moving quickly to expand its tornado response beyond the earlier target of 25,000 people in Moore, Shawnee, and Noble, Oklahoma, and Granbury, Texas.

Aid worker’s diary: Syrian refugees’ strength and despair
Jun 4, 2013

Aid worker’s diary: Syrian refugees’ strength and despair

A World Vision aid worker in Lebanon tells of the hope and care found amid dire circumstances.

VIDEO: A harrowing brush with a deadly tornado in Oklahoma
May 24, 2013

VIDEO: A harrowing brush with a deadly tornado in Oklahoma

Area resident Deanna Stephens recounts her terrifying experience taking cover — and surviving — as a catastrophic tornado tore through Moore, Oklahoma, leaving behind a path of unspeakable devastation. World Vision is on the ground in Oklahoma, providing assistance to families hit hardest by the disaster.

VIDEO: World Vision launches response to Oklahoma tornado
May 23, 2013

VIDEO: World Vision launches response to Oklahoma tornado

UPDATED: World Vision has deployed an assessment team and a truck filled with relief supplies to respond to the needs of families devastated by the catastrophic tornado that blasted an area outside of Oklahoma City.

World Vision responds to deadly Texas tornadoes
May 16, 2013

World Vision responds to deadly Texas tornadoes

World Vision is deploying disaster relief supplies to families devastated by the severe storm outbreak in North Texas.

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