Emergency Response

ACFID Members play a key role in responding to international emergencies – whether natural disasters or conflict around the world. Working alongside governments, UN agencies, and other humanitarian actors, ACFID Members provide vital life-saving assistance in the immediate aftermath of an emergency and then help communities and countries to rebuild in the medium to long term. 

How to help: overseas emergencies and public donations

When an emergency happens overseas, many Australians are moved to assist in any way they can. ACFID greatly appreciates the generosity of the Australian public to provide financial and non-financial support during these times. This brief describes how the Australian public can contribute during overseas emergencies and why cash donations are most often preferable to goods in kind.

Emergency appeals

ACFID compiles a list of members responding to humanitarian emergencies. The emergency appeal lists are a useful tool for the media and potential donors looking to see which ACFID Members are responding to a particular crisis.

If you are an ACFID member and would like us to list your emergency appeal on one of the pages below, please complete the ACFID Emergency Appeal Compliance Form. An Emergency Appeal Guide is available to assist member in ensuring Code compliance.

  • Beirut Explosion Emergency Appeals

    Beirut Explosion Emergency Appeals

    (Last updated 10th August 2020) The explosion at the port of Beirut has killed more than 150 people, injured thousands, and damaged the homes of...

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  • COVID-19 Response

    COVID-19 Response

    While we face major challenges in Australia, the pandemic will have even greater consequences for poorer countries with already weak public health systems who lack the resources to prevent, contain and respond to the spread of COVID-19.

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  • Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami Response

    Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami Response

    On 28 September a powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck Donggala District in Central Sulawesi, triggering a nearly 7 metre tsunami that devastated coastal areas including Palu City.

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  • Myanmar Humanitarian Crisis

    Myanmar Humanitarian Crisis

    (Last Updated: November 2017) Since August 25, over 600,000 refugees from Rakhine State have crossed over to Bangladesh from Myanmar resulting in a massive humanitarian crisis. Amidst allegations of widespread human rights allegations, refugees have...

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  • 2017 Food Crisis in Africa and Yemen

    2017 Food Crisis in Africa and Yemen

    (Last updated March 2017) On 20 February 2017 famine was declared in areas of South Sudan while several other countries in the region are on the brink...

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  • Mosul Humanitarian Crisis

    Mosul Humanitarian Crisis

      Mosul is a city in Northern Iraq which has been governed by Islamic State (IS) since 10 June 2014. Recent attempts to drive IS out of Mosul...

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  • Syria Humanitarian Crisis

    Syria Humanitarian Crisis

    This page describes the humanitarian and emergency crisis in Syria and provides a list of ACFID Members currently running emergency appeals.

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