Disaster Response 

Disasters strike all over the world,  seemingly every day.   Sometimes, significant disasters occur in different areas all at once and it is at times like this, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is able to offer support to local Lions Clubs for their disaster relief work.

 If a disaster strikes, Lions Clubs International launches an appeal for support for the people affected and our own club, like many thousands worldwide, respond to that appeal with immediate donations of whatever they believe they can afford.   Many, like our club, will have a ‘Fast Track’ process which allows the response to such appeals without waiting 1 month for their next business meeting.

Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas this weekend with 130 mile-per-hour winds and heavy rain, destroying homes, flooding communities and impacting countless families. The threat continues as it heads towards the east coast of the United States. This is a time when many people have nowhere to turn. That’s why we are Lions.

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is working with Lions in the areas affected to provide immediate relief to the families who are struggling get back on their feet as this devastating hurricane continues.

In the days immediately following this disaster, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) will made Emergency Grants to local Lions Clubs to assist their disaster relief work.

How does our response differ from others?

With a global club structure, we are perhaps, unusual amongst organisations which can assist in responding to emergencies as we will often have members actually 'on the ground' living in the very area/country most affected by natural disasters and consequently our response to emergencies is more aimed at the long term recovery rather than immediate relief.

The immediate concern is not ignored, however, but we realise that the immediate outpouring of concern and funds will be channelled through charities and non-government bodies who will mobilise resources to deal with the aftermath.These organisations are frequently better equipped to deal with the immediate effects of say, a Tsunami, earthquake or major natural disaster and they can bring together the funds, life saving equipment and emergency manpower response necessary in the early days of such events, but how effective are they in the longer term?

The Lions response, however,  is quite different but no less important.

Funds are raised from two main sources. 

LCIF, our charitable foundation will create a designated emergency fund to provide financial support for each specific event.  This will provide initial funding during the early phase of disaster relief.

Local Lions clubs throughout the world will then add their own donations to that specific fund, often over a number of years which helps ensure that those affected by the disaster have ongoing support to help rebuild communities and assist the recovery process long after the major emergency support has left the area.

Unlike many disaster response organisations, there are no administration costs associated with donations via Lions and with our funds being totally administered by the Local Lions club under the guidance of LCIF, the long term recovery is often better handled as it is the people directly involved who are organising the rebuilding of communities.

By channelling funds via the Local Lions club, much of the longer term recovery is being done within the very area of the disaster helping to bring work, financial stability and purpose to people whose lives have been shattered by events well outside of their control.

With major disasters occurring with increasing regularity, this is one other aspect of being a Lion.   You never know where a disaster could appear and recent events have shown that it is not confined to 'foreign lands'

Lions have responded to many disasters in recent years, Haiti Earthquake, Pakistan Flood relief, Cumbria Floods to name only a few and as you can see, some are closer to home than you may have thought.


Some recent examples of LCIF disaster relief 
Sudan Drought  Phillipines - Typhoon Tembin Haiti Tornado