We are now working on providing necessities and logistics to communities and people affected by Covid-19.
Through strong community relationships, Day One Disaster Relief serves disaster-impacted populations. Since each disaster is unique, a disaster relief solution that is predictable, repeatable and systematic in nature has been identified as what's needed to make an improved impact.
Day One Disaster Relief was founded during Hurricane Florence to rapidly source and deliver supplies (via air and road) to those affected by the hurricane. We formed as a result of our efforts spearheading the rapid response at the TAC AIR terminal at RDU in September 2018.
We brought together volunteer pilots and NGO’s who have been on the ground in eastern NC, some for 45+ years. We raised the supply chain and engaged the community which result in 1500 volunteers throughout the week at RDU. We have continued our work serving the survivors of Hurricanes Michael and Dorian as well as the supporting residents evacuated from McDougald Terrace public housing neighborhood in Durham, NC.
Through our experience at RDU, we identified the need to create a decentralized collaborative based disaster relief organization to facilitate volunteer, NGO, donor, and government coordination during a rapid disaster response specifically focusing on communities that are often forgotten during large disasters. (i.e. farmworkers and migrant laborers, poor, frontline, people of color, and under resourced communities)
Our structure allows us to effectively and efficiently work with smaller NGOs who often become distribution hubs and community support organizations in the wake of a disaster. We have a network of trusted relationships across our state which is ever expanding. These NGOS are the people who have deep relationships with their communities and people who start disasters at net zero. Day One Disaster Relief partners with these orgs to provide rapid response aid and long term relief.