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Disaster relief

Fidelity Charitable donors have a record of giving for disaster relief and ask us for guidance to enhance their impact. The resources in this section may help you make disaster relief part of your giving plan.

Learn about the tsunami
See the four phases of disaster relief
Learn about giving to disaster relief

There are four phases of disaster relief



Goal: Establish order

Timing: Day of disaster – 6 months

Services Needed: Rescue, medical attention, food, water, temporary shelter



Goal: Stabilization

Timing: Day after disaster – 2 years

Services Needed: Food, water, long-term shelter, sanitation, healthcare,return to school and work



Goal: Rebuilding for a better future

Timing: Weeks/months after disaster – 15 years

Services Needed: Engagement of local population in planning and reconstruction of communities


Risk Management

Goal: Emergency risk reduction and prevention

Timing: Ongoing - continuous

Services Needed: Training, policy and procedure creation, relationship building among service providers & communities

Previous disaster guidance

California wildfires


Wildfires have been burning through California, tearing through more than a million acres of land across the state.

Typhoon Yutu


Typhoon Yutu, one of the most powerful cyclones on record, impacted more than 50,000 people living in the Northern Mariana Islands.

Hurricane Michael


Hurricane Michael was the strongest storm to hit the Florida Panhandle in 100 years, bringing winds of up to 155 miles per hour.

Hurricane Florence


Hurricanes bring strong winds, heavy rains and flooding that can leave a lingering impact long after the storm has passed.

Typhoon Mangkhut


Center for Disaster Philanthropy discusses this massive Pacific storm and highlights organizations providing relief.

2017 Atlantic hurricanes


In the span of just one month, a series of major hurricanes made devastating hits on the United States and the Caribbean.

Hurricane Matthew


Hurricane Matthew swept across the Caribbean and the southeastern United States, bringing with it heavy rains, powerful winds and flooding.

Mexico earthquakes


A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck central Mexico causing widespread damage.

Ecuador earthquake


The largest earthquake to hit Ecuador in decades rocked its central coast, leaving hundreds dead and thousands injured.

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