HF USA Monitoring & Liaison Committee
Mission: To be the ‘ears and the eyes’ of Humanity First to gather pertinent and timely information relating to natural disasters and any humanitarian crises.
Location: New York, New York
Availability of Service: 24 Hours a Day, 365 Days Per Year
The Disaster Assessment team for Humanity First USA is based in New York City. This six to eight members team monitors all types of world events 24 hours a day. Whether it be a humanitarian disaster caused by human conflict or a natural disaster, this team generates a daily assessment through continuous monitoring of news agencies, United Nation organizations, and disaster monitoring agencies. When a report is deemed to be of sufficient magnitude, the Director of the Monitoring & Liaison Committee activates the Disaster Deployment Committee which determines the magnitude of Humanity First USA’s response. As the disaster relief operations are initiated, daily reports continue to be generated for Humanity First USA Executive committee to guide relief efforts.
As Humanity First is a recognized relief organization with the United Nations and member countries, members of the New York City-based assessment & liaison committee also represent Humanity First at relevant UN conferences and meetings. Committee members are vital in building new collaborations as well maintaining Humanity First existing relationships with the UN, and other governmental/non-governmental organizations.
Humanity First is registered in 43 countries across 6 continents, and has been working on human development projects and responding to disasters since 1994. These have included the earthquakes in Turkey, Pakistan, Japan and Iran, floods in Africa and Latin America, hurricanes (Katrina and Rita) , tornado's (Kansas) and wild fires (California) in the USA, Indonesia and Bangladesh, and conflicts in Eastern Europe.
Since its inception and IRS registration in 2004, Humanity First has been focused on spending most of the raised funds on direct program related expenses. As a result, more than 90% of its funds are in that expense category. This is achieved through dedicated volunteers in its management, and program operation teams.