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 and the relief agencies that serve them. 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, United Nations OCHA, the World Food Programme, Doctors without Borders and many others. As the only non-governmental organization in the world focused solely on solving fuel crises in disaster situations, these organizations rely on us to help save lives whenever disaster strikes.
Fuel is the first step in getting aid, food and water, and medical help to those in need after major disasters. 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.
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 United Nations OCHA, WFP, and UNHRD. We identify fuel needs, source fuel locally; then fund and transport the fuel to those in need, bringing hope, relieving suffering and helping save lives.
FRF’s rapid, flexible, targeted and cost-effective approach is the result of strong collaboration with fuel providers, corporations, various levels of government of an affected country, local citizens, and 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.
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.
FRF is the only non-profit charitable organization in the world focused solely on solving fuel crises, and providing fuel free of charge to affected populations in disaster situations. Through our highly in-demand services, we are ready and able to sustain critical life-saving support and humanitarian services to hundreds of thousands of people, helping communities get back on their feet when every second counts.
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.
National Public Radio on FRF's assistance after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines
"The Fuel Relief Fund doesn't have its own supertanker or a helicopter that drops oil barrels from the sky... they raise support from small donors, people in the petroleum industry and others... and then purchase fuel locally, getting it to where it is most needed...”