AmericasRelief Team (ART)

AmericasRelief Team (ART) operates as an initiative of Outreach Aid to the Americas, Inc. (OAA). Its mission is to provide humanitarian logistics assistance and educational programs for disaster victims in the Americas and develop sustainable programs that establish long-term benefits for those in need.
ART focuses on the following three programmatic areas:
1)
Disaster Preparedness, by conducting disaster prevention programs in urban centers, and ports in Latin America;
2)
Disaster Response and Aid, by collaborating with partners to stage and deliver humanitarian aid after a crisis occurs; and
3)
Humanitarian Assistance to alleviate human suffering in the Americas.
To proactively prepare communities to address future critical events, ART provides planning and strategy development and training along with the tools and resources needed to increase local preparedness and self-sufficiency. When disasters strike, ART provides humanitarian logistics assistance to benefit disaster victims and reduce the suffering of the most vulnerable people by coordinating effective and efficient humanitarian relief.
ART is accomplishing its mission by creating and cultivating strategic agreements with key non-profit and corporate partners, forging effective working relationships with U.S. and foreign government agencies, bilateral and international donor organizations, international finance organizations, faith-based organizations, advocacy groups, international and local NGOs, and U.S. corporations. ART works in coordination with affected governments, the US Southern Command, emergency centers, corporate donors, air and sea cargo carriers, national disaster management agencies, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), non-governmental experts, and others to assess damage and effectively channel emergency relief to the most critical areas.

ART Vision and Mission

Vision: Be an organization of excellence in serving the vulnerable people of the Americas.
Mission: Provide humanitarian logistics assistance and educational programs, which will benefit disaster victims in our region, and develop sustainable programs which will have a greater impact and longer term benefits for those in need.
Purpose: We believe in our responsibility to use resources and work with local partners to strengthen the humanitarian assistance architecture-from prevention to restoration and reconstruction, and help vulnerable populations rebuild their lives, alleviate suffering, reduce the social and economic impact and return to self-sufficiency.

ART Calling and History

2004 Tropical Storm Jeanne causes devastation throughout the Caribbean region. Florida State Governor Jeb Bush coordinates Florida’s humanitarian response with assistance from ART.
 
2005 Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne team-up to cause many deaths and extreme damage to the Caribbean region. ART’s partners worked together to deliver millions of pounds of humanitarian assistance.
2005 Florida FTAA, U.S. Southern Command, and 10 Caribbean Consul Generals salute ART’s relief efforts.
2010 ART mobilized 20 million pounds of humanitarian aid with 36 International NGOs, and collaborated with the United Nations and others in response to a devastating earthquake in Haiti with a death toll of 220,000 people. One million people were displaced in the largest long-term single country reconstruction project.
2011 Becomes an initiative of Outreach Aid to the Americas, Inc.
2013 ART successfully tested the first Port Resiliency Project (PReP) in the Dominican Republic with the help of FedEx Corporation. PReP will prepare airports and seaports in The Caribbean and Latin America to be more resilient in the face of natural disasters by applying best practices learned in Katrina and Haiti.

ART Organization Model

The focus of ART is to provide humanitarian logistics assistance to benefit disaster victims and reduce the suffering of the most vulnerable groups in the Americas, and to provide tools and resources needed to increase their preparedness and self-sufficiency. ART reacts to immediate crisis, and plans for future disasters in the region which will require effective coordination of humanitarian relief.
ART works in coordination with affected governments, the US Southern Command, emergency centers, corporate donors, air and sea cargo carriers, logistics companies, non-governmental experts and others to assess damage when disaster strikes, and then effectively channel emergency relief to the most affected areas.
ART conducts multiple programs and initiatives as advocates, coordinators, and facilitators [from prevention to restoration and reconstruction, and from planning to implementation of humanitarian assistance] in the Americas.

ART Critical Success Statement

ART accomplishes its mission by creating strategic agreements with key non-profit and corporate partners including U.S. and foreign government agencies, bilateral and international donor organizations, international finance organizations, faith-based organizations, advocacy groups, international and local NGOs, and U.S. corporations.