Hope in Every Storm®

Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team is consistently among the first to respond to disasters at home and around the world. Highly regarded for our scalable response and distribution model, we utilize our eight international warehouses, four domestic warehouses, a specialized disaster response fleet, and a highly trained team of staff and volunteers to respond to disasters quickly and effectively.

We serve millions of people affected by natural and man-made disasters every year through partnerships with local churches, businesses, government agencies, other nonprofits, and our incredible donors and volunteers.

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 488 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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    488

    international and domestic disaster responses to date.
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    200+

    million meals delivered to communities in response to COVID-19.*
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    4,500,000 4.5 m

    individuals served in 2020.
  • 62

    disaster responses in 2020.
  • 64,000+

    disaster Service volunteers.

*These figures include Community Event and Rural Initiative COVID-19 response totals.

Our Approach

  • Preparedness

    Our team provides preparedness and resilience training for leaders and volunteers. We work to equip each individual with the wisdom and tools they need to partner with Convoy of Hope during a disaster and help their communities become more prepared before they experience one.

  • Monitoring

    Our team constantly monitors developing weather and natural disaster events, as well as the ever changing climate of conflict and economic situations. By staying up-to-date and utilizing on-the-ground connections with partners, we gain a better understanding of the realities in the affected areas and can respond quickly.

  • Response

    Response efforts vary depending on the nature of a disaster. We work with national, state, and local partners to equip our teams and volunteers with the information they need to provide immediate assistance through the distribution of relief supplies, such as food, clean water, hygiene kits and other needed items.

  • Recovery

    Our ultimate goal is to assist families and communities in returning to self-sustainability after a disaster. To do that, our teams utilize various initiatives, including organizing volunteers in debris removal and cleanup, distribution of building materials, income generation projects, agricultural training, and assisting in the rebuilding process. We continue our work for months — sometimes even years — to bring immediate and long-term relief to those who are suffering.

Nick Wiersma

Vice President of Disaster Services

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.

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