Human Dignity and Solidarity

Apelaciones de Emergencia

Emergency Appeals and CRS Emergency Response

Catholic Relief Services responds to global emergencies-natural disasters, civil wars, etc. — as soon as they happen. We partner with other international aid agencies to begin disseminating vital assistance as soon as possible.

When emergencies take place, the U.S. Church holds an emergency appeal to raise funds to increase the response. CRS partners primarily with Caritas Internationalis, working from offices already established in the country in need. We make sure to receive and post regular updates from CRS programs around the world, and you can always find the most up-to-date information at CRS.

When disasters take place in the United States, Catholic Charities USA serves as the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church.

Scroll down to learn about current emergency appeals.

EMERGENCY UPDATE: CRS and Caritas partners on the ground are preparing across Ukraine and in bordering countries, ready to provide safe shelter, hot meals, hygiene supplies, transport to safe areas, counseling support and more. Years of conflict along the eastern border have already displaced 1.3 million people from their homes and claimed 14,000 lives. Throughout this time, Caritas Ukraine, with support from CRS, has been providing emergency relief and recovery. Your help is needed in Ukraine where there are already more than 2.9 million people in need of assistance. There is great risk of additional suffering both within Ukraine and for those who may flee to neighboring countries for safety. CRS and our partners need immediate support to meet both ongoing needs, as well as those related to families forced to flee their homes as the situation intensifies.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Give to Recovery Efforts | Learn More About CRS’ Response

EMERGENCY UPDATE: The Bahamas is reeling from Hurricane Dorian, a powerful Category 5 storm with winds of up to 220 mph and storm surges of up to 23 feet above sea level. The hurricane has brought massive devastation, particularly to the northwestern Bahamian islands of Great Abaco and Grand Bahama. An estimated 50 people have died, and over 75,000 people have been severely affected. Catholic Relief Services is working with local partners to assess greatest needs, including emergency supplies, cash assistance to unemployed workers, and psychosocial support.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Prayer for People Affected by Hurricane Dorian | Give to Recovery Efforts | Learn More About CRS’ Response

EMERGENCY UPDATE: Cyclone Fani, the strongest storm in India in two decades, made landfall on May 3 with a windspeed of 175 kmph, killing 8 people and displacing 1.1 million. The Government of India evacuated 1,159,439 persons in 18 districts and sheltered in 6,564 cyclone shelters. Early warning of the storm helped authorities conduct a well-targeted evacuation plan and minimized the loss of life. Catholic Relief Services assisted the Government of India with evacuations and is now closely coordinating with local partners in India to provide emergency shelter, water, and living supplies to affected families.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Pray for Victims | Give to Recovery Efforts | Learn More About CRS’ Response

EMERGENCY UPDATE: Catholic Relief Services is responding to the continuing economic and social crisis in Venezuela. As food shortages, hyperinflation, and the collapse of the health system increasingly threaten the wellbeing Venezuelans. In this context of scarcity, millions of Venezuelans have felt no choice but to flee elsewhere to provide for their families. Thank you for your prayers and support.

CRS Emergency Factsheet (PDF)
CRS Llamado de Emergencia (PDF)


EMERGENCY UPDATE: Catholic Relief Services is responding to an earthquake that struck Friday night just off the coast of Donggala in central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The 7.5 magnitude quake triggered an unexpected tsunami, which hit the city of Palu, killing more than 800 people and destroying buildings and homes. Most recent reports estimate 844 deaths and more than 48,000 displaced people, with numbers expected to rise. Thank you for your prayers and support.


EMERGENCY UPDATE: On September 15, Typhoon Mangkhut, locally known as Ompong, made landfall on the Philippine island of Luzon with sustained winds of 125 miles per hour and gusts in excess of 155 miles per hour. Over 250,000 people were directly affected by the storm, with more than 150,000 temporarily displaced. Many communities still do not have power, and road access is limited. Immediate priorities include assistance with food, water, bedding and road clearance.

CRS RESPONSE: CRS staff are on the ground in the most severely impacted provinces in North Luzon. CRS has allocated an initial $50,000 for this emergency, and staff will conduct a market assessment to determine the most effective response in collaboration with local partners.