Emergency Response

ACF-Bangladesh, S. Rahman Saed
ACF-Bangladesh, S. Rahman Saed

Our rapid-response capabilities reflect our commitment to emergency preparedness, and our global reach places us at the forefront of disaster response.

With emergency teams on call 24 hours a day, and pre-positioned stocks of essential supplies ready for deployment, our internationally renowned rapid response capabilities ensure that life-saving assistance can be delivered anywhere in the world when needs arise.

What We Do

Evaluate Emergency Needs

After a disaster strikes, our emergency teams evaluate the needs of affected populations. These surveys help us understand what kind of intervention is needed most: nutrition, food security and livelihoods, or water, sanitation and hygiene services.

Provide Emergency Aid

We team up with local government agencies, NGO partners, and community leaders to bring efficient, effective relief to communities hit by disaster. Our rapid response capabilities and teams on the ground allow us to immediately deliver lifesaving supplies and care.

Prevent and Manage Risk

In communities that are prone to disaster, we work to manage their risk of and strengthen their resilience to future shocks. We help bolster local economies, improve infrastructure, and plan for long-term development.

Our Impact in Emergency Response

In 2013, Action Against Hunger responded to three major humanitarian emergencies — conflict in Syria, the devastating typhoon in the Philippines, and violence in the Central African Republic — nearly doubling the services we provide. 

Emergency Facts

  • In 2013, there were over 51 million people living in forced displacement—the highest level since WWII.
  • Of the 80 million people who were projected to be in need of humanitarian assistance in 2014, more than 75 percent are women and children.
  • Between 2000 and 2012, natural disasters caused $1.7 trillion in damage and affected 2.9 billion people.
  • In 2013, we helped 650,000 typhoon-affected people in the Philippines.