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IAFF Disaster Relief Fund

The IAFF Disaster Relief Fund provides assistance to IAFF members in the United States and Canada who suffer financial hardship as the result of a federally declared disaster area or in cases of natural or man-made disasters, such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, fires or civil disturbances.

Created in 1993 as a nonprofit, tax exempt, trust fund affiliated with the IAFF, the Disaster Relief Fund provides immediate cash to IAFF members in time of greatest need. The Fund was established after the IAFF assistance to its members following the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew.

Disbursements from the fund are only be made to IAFF members suffering a catastrophic loss with resulting financial hardship following such a disaster and are not granted to cover costs to perform building or property repairs, renovation or construction. A member is only eligible for assistance if he or she is displaced from his/her home because of the disaster. Disbursements are only allowed for immediate housing, food, medical supplies and services, clothing and other similar disaster relief. The maximum amount of any grant is $500.00 for any single disaster occurrence.

After Hurricanes Charley, Francis, Ivan and Jeanne caused widespread damage in 2004; the Fund disbursed more than $215,000 to 347 IAFF members in Florida and Alabama who were displaced by the storms.

After Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma in 2005, the Fund disbursed more than $1,750,000 to IAFF members in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Florida who were displaced by the storms. Additionally, the IAFF assisted more than 45 local affiliates and their 5,000 members in the stricken area, and provided incident command staff, communications, evacuation, food, medicine (including vaccinations and baseline medical evaluations), behavioral health and counseling, building materials, crews for house repairs, transportation and housing support. The Fund provided more than $500,000 for these efforts.

The IAFF Disaster Relief Fund is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees chaired by IAFF General President Harold A. Schaitberger.

The IAFF Disaster Relief Fund is a 501 (c)(3) Trust Fund. Tax deductible contributions can be sent to:

IAFF Disaster Relief Fund
1750 New York Ave., NW
 Washington, DC 20006
(202) 824-1571

Click here to donate online.

Click here to download the Disaster Relief Fund Application.