Hope in Every Storm

Highly regarded for our scalable distribution model, Disaster Services teams, six international warehouses, and Mobile Operations Center, Convoy of Hope is consistently among the first to respond to disasters throughout the world. Millions of survivors have been helped thanks to the local churches, businesses, government agencies, other nonprofits, donors, and volunteers who make our work possible.

Why Respond?

In 1998, we responded to our first disaster — flooding in Del Rio, Texas, after Tropical Storm Charley. Since then, we have responded to hurricanes, typhoons, ice storms, earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires, and floods in the U.S. and throughout the world. Our goal? To give people help and hope in times of great need. Already, we’ve responded to more than 370 disasters and have had the opportunity to bring food, water, ice, emergency supplies, and long-term solutions to families reeling from tragedy.

Our Impact

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    international & domestic disaster responses to date.
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    10.9 m

    pounds of relief supplies delivered domestically in 2018.
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    1,300,000+ 1.3+ m

    individuals served in 2018.
  • 39

    disaster responses in 2018.
  • 38,000+

    Disaster Service volunteer hours in 2018.

Our Approach

  • Monitoring

    Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Response Teams constantly monitor developing weather situations, earthquake activity, wildfires, and other forms of natural disasters from the team’s Operations Center at our World Distribution Center in Springfield, Missouri. By staying up to date on potential situations, we are able to deploy assessment teams and supplies immediately.

  • Assessment

    Our Disaster Response team consistently sends assessment teams to the field to gauge our level of response. In many instances, our teams are on the ground even before a storm passes. Our assessment teams gather critical information and report that back to our Operations Center, where the scope of our response is determined.

  • Response

    Disaster response efforts vary depending on the nature of a disaster but typically consist of rotating response teams in the field and the shipment of loads of disaster relief supplies from our World Distribution Center. Teams in the field distribute relief supplies to storm survivors, coordinate volunteers, and assist in cleanup efforts. Coordination with local, state, and federal officials is also an essential part of our disaster response work.

  • Recovery

    Long after the media’s spotlight has lifted from a disaster area, we continue our work for months — sometimes even years. Our goal is not only to be one of the first organizations to respond to a disaster, but also one of the last to leave. In doing so, we bring immediate and long-term relief to those who are suffering.

Nick Wiersma

Senior Director of Disaster Services Church Engagement

Nick Wiersma has been on the front lines of numerous disaster responses: Haiti, Chile, New York, Japan, Oklahoma, and the Philippines. He’s clocked countless hours helping others in their time of need, yet he’s quick to credit his colleagues and volunteers for their support and dedicated teamwork.

Joplin Homes

In 2011, we broke ground on the first of 13 disaster-resistant and energy-efficient homes for survivors of the EF-5 tornado that left a mile-wide swath through Joplin, Missouri. These families now have the peace of mind of owning a brand-new, energy-efficient home that is disaster resistant.

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