Fuel Relief

Nothing happens without fuel.

When disaster strikes, Fuel Relief Fund is first on the ground with fuel for the humanitarian response and the people affected by the disaster.

Nothing happens without fuel. First responders need fuel for their vehicles. Hospital generators need fuel to operate around the clock. Without fuel, municipalities can’t sanitize the water. People don’t have heat or power to stay warm in shelters.

When disaster strikes, Fuel Relief Fund (FRF) is a first responder, identifying fuel needs and delivering it to people affected by the disaster, as well as aid agencies. FRF has provided hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel, powering the efforts of nearly 200 aid agencies around the world, including the Red Cross, UN OCHA, the World Food Programme, and Doctors without Borders. As the only NGO in the world focused solely on solving fuel crises in disaster situations, these organizations rely on us to help save lives whenever disaster strikes.

First step
Fuel is the first step in getting aid, food and water, and medical help to those in need. Food is stranded without fuel, and camps and shelters are dark and cold. Without fuel, precious time is lost, and people are at greater risk of harm, injury and loss.
On the ground
FRF aims to be on the ground within 24 to 72 hours of a major disaster, deploying teams of highly skilled volunteers and working as an independent support partner to UN OCHA. We identify fuel needs, source fuel locally; then fund and transport the fuel to those in need, bringing hope, relieving suffering and saving lives.
FRF approach
FRF’s rapid, flexible, targeted and cost-effective approach is the result of strong collaboration with corporations, various levels of government of an affected country, local citizens, and international service organizations on the ground who provide critical operational support for our deployments. We solve complex fuel and energy challenges in real time, improving the speed, quality and effectiveness of the humanitarian response.
Relief as global priority
More than ever, disaster relief is a global priority. The number, scale, and severity of natural disasters and climate-related events have risen sharply in the past 30 years - with nearly four times as many disasters happening now than in 1980.
The only NGO
FRF is the only NGO in the entire world focused solely on solving fuel crises in disaster situations. Through our cost-effective, highly in-demand service, we are able to sustain critical life-saving support and humanitarian services to hundreds of thousands of people, helping communities get back on their feet.


Our Board of Directors and volunteers have extensive experience in all aspects of the oil and gas industry and in fuel transportation. Their expertise and intelligence has proven essential for organizing fast, cost-effective and efficient fuel delivery to the right areas and organizations following disasters.

Fuel Relief in 3 basic steps



After identifying where fuel is most needed, FRF first responders negotiate and secure the fuel at the closest available facility.


While sourcing adequate reserves, FRF arranges transportation of fuel to the areas with the greatest needs.


Fuel is donated to people affected by the disaster, and to first responders, hospitals, schools, orphanages and other institutions.

NPR’s All Things Considered reviews FRF’s help during the Philippines crisis in 2013

“The Fuel Relief Fund doesn't have its own supertanker or a helicopter that drops oil barrels from the sky. (Ted) Honcharik says he raises money from anybody he can — small donors, people in the petroleum industry. Then he buys fuel locally and tries to get it to where it appears most needed.”


“’We try to locate the closest source of fuel to the disaster. It's cheaper, and it's going to get to them that much faster,’ Ted says. ‘When we first got [to the Philippines] there wasn't anything available, so for the first 24 hours we were trying to source fuel out of Cebu.’”


“Cebu is 150 miles away on a different Philippine island. In the end, he was able to get access to fuel at a damaged Petron station in Tacloban itself.”




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