Natural Disaster Relief
When a natural disaster strikes, Lions are among the first to offer volunteer disaster relief.
When an earthquake devastated Haiti; When Hurricane Katrina struck the U.S.; And when an earthquake and subsequent tsunami caused massive damage in Japan—Lions were there to provide immediate and long-term disaster relief.
Many local Lions volunteer to provide disaster relief in communities impacted by natural disasters, and our Foundation has awarded more than US$50 million in grants to fund this humanitarian work. Generous donations from Lions around the world make these international disaster relief efforts possible.
Our Disaster Preparedness and Relief Programs also enable Lions to help local communities—and contribute to Lions relief efforts in other countries—in the event of a natural, man-made or healthcare emergency.
Lions ALERT Program
Lions are continually involved in disaster relief around the world. The Lions ALERT program strives to provide specific direction to the 46,000 Lions clubs and help them to be more efficient in providing short and long term support to disaster victims.
Pandemic Flu Preparedness
In July 2007, The International Association of Lions Clubs agreed to help the US Department of Health and Human Services disseminate information about pandemic influenza (flu) preparedness. The Association can work with health agencies in other countries to provide similar life-saving information.
Lion-2-Lion: Resource Assistance Database
The Resource Assistance Database which includes requests and offers of humanitarian services or supplies. This online database does not provide for financial requests. Lions must contact their district governor for recommendations to solicit funds within the district or other Lions districts.
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
In March 2009, Lions Clubs International signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). This partnership encourages Lions to participate in IFRC disaster preparedness training and planning.