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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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Families receive supplies from World Vision in the aftermath of Cyclone Phailin.
Oct 15, 2013

Phailin Release #2: Community Task Force

Community Task Forces prove real-life heroes in saving lives following the onslaught of Cyclone Phailin.

Currently churning in the Bay of Bengal, Cyclone Phailin is expected to make landfall by Saturday afternoon or evening local time. (Satellite image courtesy of Joint Typhoon Warning Center.)
Oct 12, 2013

Preparations for Cyclone Phailin

World Vision staff are on alert and have made preparations as Cyclone Phailin continues to intensify on its trek towards India.  

A glimpse into disaster recovery and preparedness
Oct 11, 2013

A glimpse into disaster recovery and preparedness

When disasters strike, poorest populations suffer the most. World Vision stands ready to respond to emergencies now — and helps vulnerable communities prepare for future ones.

Top 10 disasters in 2013: A glimpse into recovery and preparedness
Dec 19, 2013

Five of the worst natural disasters in 2013

Here’s a look at a few of the natural disasters that demanded a significant humanitarian response in 2013.

India Cyclone disaster relief food distribution
Oct 17, 2013

Cyclone Phailin: Focus shifts to relief and recovery in the wake of Indian superstorm

A destructive storm — equivalent to the size of Hurricane Katrina — made landfall October 12 on India’s eastern coast. World Vision has activated an emergency response.

Oklahoma City tornado damage.
Jun 1, 2013

World Vision to expand response as another round of deadly weather hits Midwest

World Vision to expand response as another round of deadly weather hits the Midwest.

Hamze, a 14-year-old Syrian refugee, grieves the loss of his home. Still from video.
Sep 23, 2013

Desperate Syrians struggle to survive amid inadequate international aid

Millions of Syrians, forced to flee their homes because of the violent conflict engulfing their country, are without sufficient food, shelter and lifesaving medical care as international donors fail to meet United Nation funding appeals, 14 organizations warned.
World Vision sends relief to flood-hit Colorado families
Sep 18, 2013

World Vision sends relief to flood-hit Colorado families

The relief supplies will be sent to communities hit hardest by the recent disastrous flooding in Colorado.