Disaster Aid USA (DA USA) is Rotarian operated project and a 501-c3 non-profit charity, incorporated in the District of Columbia. As a club project, its clubs goals and objectives are to promote and create awareness, raise funds and provide financial support for its primary mission: To provide immediate disaster relief and humanitarian aid at home, here in the US and worldwide to those victims suffering from the effects of disasters natural or man-made while using Rotary’s guiding principles and according to its Rotary 4 way test, while adhering to United Nation and Sphere Standards.
The Rotary Club of Historic Prince George’s Co, Maryland’s Club President Mary Dudley and the clubs board members adopted and approved Disaster Aid USA as the Clubs signature project on the 15th of July, 2010.
Warehousing- All aid for the Family Survival Box are sourced and warehoused in Shanghai, China and deployed from China. When a disaster calls for further aid solutions, those needs are sourced from a number of locations throughout the world.
The Humanitarian Aid Package- The Family Survival Box contains the basic living supplies of shelter, water and light. These basic aid components are contained in a durable mobile multi-use box container with wheels and a pull out handle for ease of transportation. The tent exceeds UN and SPHERE standards and is highly adaptable. The tent was designed by an experienced DART Team Leader based on his experiences in the field. The tent is equipped with three separate living areas, each with its own entry with privacy and mosquito screening. The tent material is 210D Oxford tent material with a waterproofing factor of PU4000mm and silver coated UV50 protection. This combination of materials is durable yet lightweight. The front walls and side doors of the tent can be extended and connected to other tents. Pods of four tents can be connected and used as first aid stations or other purposes where a larger compound is needed.
Disaster Aid International (DAI) Delivers- DAI has successfully delivered aid in active war zones and disaster zones with deployments carried out by highly trained Disaster Aid Response Team (DART) members. DAI has more than 50 DARTs, Rotarians and non Rotarians actively involved throughout the world.
Administration- The Chairman of the Board of DAI, David Langworthy, lives in Melbourne, Australia, where DAI is headquartered, is a dedicated Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow. Davids background is in international management and marketing and recently has gained significant experience in the non-profit sector. He is also a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia.
Accountability and Reporting- Each DAI partner must report to each other quarterly with a complete set of financial documents including a balance sheet. In return, DAI issues similar reports to each partner organization quarterly. Each partner organization and DAI must produce and circulate a comprehensive Annual Report to all stakeholders within four months of the close of the Rotary year.
The Disaster Aid International Board- The DAI Board is made up of two directors from each country (DA USA, DA Australia, DA UK & Ireland, DA Malaysia and DA New Zealand) following a disaster, the board members deliberate via telephone conference and discusses deploying to that disaster.