Since January 2016 nearly 350,000 migrants have attempted crossing the Mediterranean sea, and according to the United Nations, over 4,600 people have drowned in their attempt. Global Disaster Immediate Response Team (Global DIRT), through it's Africa/Europe/Middle East Regional Office, ​has deployed two rotations of rescue​ ​teams to utilize rigid hull inflatable boats aboard the LifeBoat Minden to assist those in distress and coordinate with the United Nations, other Non-Governmental Organizations, and the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center - Rome.

Earthquake Response: Nepal

On April 25th, 2015 a 7.9 Earthquake struck the country of Nepal killing over 3,500 people and leaving over 8 million people displaced and in immediate need of medical, food, and shelter support.

Typhoon Response: Philippines

On November 3rd Super Typhoon Haiyan formed in the Pacific Ocean, the width of the entire US east coast, with the fastest wind speed ever recorded. As the storm approached Global Disaster Immediate Response Team (DIRT) prepared to respond to the Philippines with all available assets and stood up an assessment and communications team arriving immediately after flights resumed.

Volunteer Experiences: Evie

It has been a privilege to volunteer with Global DIRT. This is my fourth trip to Haiti and my third time being part of Global DIRT. This organization is truly making a difference in the lives of the Haitian people.

Hurricane Sandy Relief - NY

Global Disaster Immediate Response Team (DIRT) has deployed an assessment team to New York in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, with efforts focused on the Rockaway Beach region. After several days on the ground, Global DIRT is preparing to launch I.T. and coordination teams to assist in food distribution, ground communications, and emergency information management.

Volunteer Experiences: Heidi

I had the privilege of organizing a volunteer trip to Haiti for myself and 5 other pediatric nurses from MN with Global DIRT. I have been on other mission trips before; I have even organized them. If all goes well, you go to a place and provide the service that the organization you are volunteering with specializes in. This trip was different in every way. We told Sarah what our interests were and she put together a perfect volunteer experience for us.

Volunteer Experiences: Kerry

DIRT had the privilege of hosting Kerry Appleton as part of a team of six pediatric nurses for a week at the end of October. These women worked tirelessly all week long to provide the people of Port-au-Prince with the best care possible. Kerry shared with us this glimpse into her week:

"Scratching The Surface"

Global DIRT was recently featured on the George Washington University Medical Center's website for some of its volunteers. We would like to, first and foremost, thank our fantastic volunteers who keep our organization rolling and also thank Anna Miller for writing this piece.

Read a quick excerpt here:

Scratching the Surface
by Anna Miller
September 23, 2011

Saba Ghorab, a second year medical student at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), remembers the day in January 2010 when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti.

New Zealand Information

On February 22, 2011, New Zealand experienced a 6.3 magnitude earthquake on the country’s southern island. Global DIRT responded to this quake by sending volunteers to the country within a few hours of the incident. The team experienced multiple aftershocks as they assisted local volunteers in Christchurch to distribute and sort supplies, geotag devastated areas and dig out homes. Additionally, the team brought a water purification unit to supply affected areas with clean, safe, potable water.