USG responds to earthquake in Chile
On February 27, 2010, a magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck Chile, affecting nearly 2 million people, displacing thousands of individuals from damaged and destroyed houses, and resulting in more than 700 deaths. The USG is providing emergency relief commodities and other humanitarian assistance to benefit disaster-affected populations. Please see the OFDA country page and www.usaid.gov/helpchile for additional information.
USG Responds to Global Food Price Crisis
Click here for the most recent situation report and program map regarding the USG response to the global food price crisis. Click here for additional information.
Disaster Assistance Across the Globe
Major Historical Responses
The Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is the office within USAID responsible for facilitating and coordinating U.S. Government emergency assistance overseas. As part of USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), OFDA provides humanitarian assistance to save lives, alleviate human suffering, and reduce the social and economic impact of humanitarian emergencies worldwide.
OFDA responds to all types of natural disasters, including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, cyclones, floods, droughts, fires, pest infestations, and disease outbreaks. OFDA also provides assistance when lives or livelihoods are threatened by catastrophes such as civil conflict, acts of terrorism, or industrial accidents. In addition to emergency assistance, OFDA funds mitigation activities to reduce the impact of recurrent natural hazards and provides training to build local capacity for disaster management and response.
Message from OFDA's Senior Management Team.
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Last Updated on: March 08, 2010