Human Dignity and Solidarity

Emergency Appeals

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: 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.