How It Works
After a natural disaster, people are eager to help. But each disaster is different and determining what is needed, by whom and where, is difficult. This can lead to an overabundance of supplies in some locations and critical gaps in others.
By providing organizations in disaster affected areas with an easy way to catalog the needs of those affected and then share these 'Recovery Registries' with potential donors, we help ensure that the right help is received where it is needed most.
We do not charge a fee and instead rely on the generosity of donors to provide a voluntary tip if they so choose.
Did you know?
Around 60% of unsolicited goods donated during times of disaster end up in landfills or go to waste...
A lack of communication and unsolicited, useless in-kind donations creates chaos, diverts precious resources and leads to life threatening inefficiencies. - Good360
Growing populations and increased high-severity catastrophes are pushing the insurance protection gap—the difference between total economic and insured losses—to a critical level.
70% of losses are not covered by insurance. Over the past decade, cumulative total damage as a result of natural disasters was $1.8 trillion, of which $1.3 trillion was uninsured. - Swiss Re, “Underinsurance of Property Risks: Closing the Gap”, 2015
Two weeks after the 2004 tsunami, Sri Lanka’s airport reported that 288 freighter flights arrived without airway bills to drop off humanitarian cargo...
... A large number brought unsolicited and inappropriate items (such as used Western clothes, baked beans, and carbonated beverages), which piled up at the airport, clogged warehouses, and remained unclaimed for months.
Worse yet, these prepaid flights refueled and then returned empty, when they could have carried commercial cargo. As a result, the airport ran out of fuel for the scheduled flights. After that, many companies’ offers of help were met with “no thanks.” - Anisya Thomas & Lynn Fritz, “Disaster Relief, Inc.”, Harvard Business Review,