Being Prepared is Key to Disaster Relief

In some ways, natural disasters are like taxes: Just as inevitable, but easier not to think about until they’re directly on the horizon. But while tax season may prove painful for a while, the aftermath of typhoons, famine, contagion and political conflicts can be devastating and even permanent—and they occur daily around the world.

That’s why raising funds and training emergency personnel well before the first storm clouds are sighted is so important. The most valuable form of disaster relief involves not just meeting immediate physical needs with medicine, food, blankets and clothing, or even the slow and difficult process of reconstruction, but restoring the precious commodity of hope - whether in the rubble left by an earthquake in China, or the refugee tents of those who fled conflict in the Middle East.

One way in which GHNI seeks to contribute is through its annual Disaster Relief Team Training (DRTT). Volunteers with skills ranging from technical, medical and security to general assistants of no specific professional background are welcomed each May to spend three days in Kahului, Hawaii with Disaster Relief Director, Michael Parks, and GHNI president, Hal Jones, as they provide baseline training for working with disaster victims in undeveloped regions. Just three days can change one life - or many.

Will you join us?

Disaster Relief Team Training, May 21st - 23rd in Kahului, Hawaii:


If you are unable to travel, consider providing a scholarship for someone else to attend.