Learn More About Serving on a Samaritan's Purse DISASTER ASSISTANCE RESPONSE TEAM

A DART provides water, food, shelter, and medical care to victims of war, poverty, famine, disease, and natural disaster while sharing the hope of Jesus Christ.

Day 1: 16:02

Disaster Strikes

Day 1: 17:17

Incident Management Team Assembles

Day 1: 20:45

Advance Team Deploys

A small team arrives on the ground within 24 hours of the crisis to assess the greatest needs and prepare for a strategic response.

Day 1: 23:07

First-Wave Response Planned

Speed is critical after a disaster. The Incident Management Team works around the clock to identify initial needs based on news reports, intel from church partners, or other information. We immediately start planning a strategic response.

Day 2: 10:31

DART Formed

A DART is often made up of people from across the globe. Our Incident Management Team alerts DART members of urgent needs and builds the team based on the skill sets needed for each deployment.

DART doctor an nurse help a wounded child
Tarps being prepared for transport in the Bahamas
A DART member fills a water jug
food distributions

Day 2: 14:45

Cargo Trucked to the Hangar

Our warehouses are stocked with supplies ready for immediate deployment.

Day 2: 21:40
Loading the DC-8 with supplies

DC-8 Loaded

Our cargo plane’s capacity is equivalent to four tractor-trailers of cargo. It’s also specially configured for 32 passengers, allowing us to quickly get the right supplies and people on the ground.

Day 3: 06:00

Personnel Arrive at the Hangar

DC-8 cockpit interior
Day 3: 07:00

DC-8 Takes Off

Day 3: 07:15

Advance Team Reports Additional Needs

Our Incident Management Team makes rapid decisions to meet the greatest needs, often planning secondary airlifts before the first has even arrived. In-country procurement channels are established and additional DART members are deployed. The North Carolina-based Incident Management Team continually communicates with the field team using SAT phones and other devices when other communication channels are down.

Day 3: 17:34

DC-8 Lands in Country

Prior to landing in country, the advance team works with local government officials to secure customs permissions. They also secure housing and make preparations for the larger team to arrive.

Day 3: 18:51

DC-8 Cargo Unloaded

Day 3: 19:46

Cargo Transferred to Trucks

Day 3: 19:58

Supplies Trucked to Hardest-Hit Areas

Day 4: 06:00
DART members start each day with ddevotions and prayer

Devotions & Prayer

My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

The DART begins each day with God’s Word and prayer, seeking His will, provision, and direction.

The Word of God is filled with His promises that we can rely on for our every need. It is our source of strength, wisdom, direction, and encouragement. Franklin Graham
Day 4: 08:00

Base of Operations Established

Once a base of operations has been determined, each team member focuses on their specific tasks. From grading a site for an Emergency Field Hospital to setting up Wi-Fi, each team member’s role is critical.

DART members unload a truck filled with supplies
DART Members making plans for the emergency field hospital
Construction worker building with the asssistance of a nurse
IT support sets up WiFi for the base of operations
DART members setting up the emergency field hospital
A Biomed Tech sets up medical equipment to be used in the emergency field hospital
Day 4: 08:37

Ground Work Begins

Each response is different, but the urgency is the same.

Drone shot of a fully functioning emergency field hospital

Emergency Field Hospital Built

When local medical infrastructure is destroyed, we deploy an Emergency Field Hospital and tailor it to meet the needs caused by the disaster. Once this unit arrives on-site, our team works around the clock to build the field hospital, with a goal to begin treating patients within 24 hours or less. At its maximum capacity, the Emergency Field Hospital spans nearly an acre of land and includes an emergency room, two operating theaters, a laboratory, and more.

supplies being transfered from an airplane to a truck

Relief Supplies Distributed

When earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, and other crises hit, we send in emergency shelter material, hygiene kits, household water filters, solar lights, and other critical supplies.

Set up of a water filtration system

Clean Water Points Established

When disasters wipe out clean water sources, we respond with water filtration units capable of serving 10,000 people each day.

A DART member fills a woman's bag with food and cooking supplies

Food Distributed

When people are hungry, we feed them—often airlifting emergency food rations to prevent acute malnutrition in children and assembling food kits for families who are suffering.

The length of each disaster response is different. From three weeks to six months, we stay as long as there are urgent needs that we can meet in Jesus’ Name. DART members are backfilled as needed, with the standard deployment length lasting three weeks.

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Physicians and surgeons deploy on all types of emergency medical responses, serving in multiple capacities and specialties. They work in everything from family medicine to clinical care to trauma, in outpatient clinics and mobile medical settings to tier-3 level hospitals with ICUs and multiple operating rooms.

Emergency Medicine, Intensivist, Pediatrician, OBGYN, Internal Medicine, Anesthesiologist, Family Practice
General Surgeon, Orthopedic Surgeon, Trauma Surgeon
Emergency Medicine NP, Critical Care NP, Pediatric NP, Internal Medicine NP
Physician Assistant
Emergency Medicine PA, Critical Care PA, Pediatric PA, Internal Medicine PA

Registered nurses compassionately care for patients in a variety of settings, from fast-paced hospitals and outpatient clinics to mobile medical settings. They work alongside local nurses on the ground and lead training as needed.

Ancillary medical personnel, including pharmacists, paramedics, technicians, and physical therapists, help complete medical aid in emergency responses as they work alongside physicians, surgeons, and nurses in medical disaster settings, including trauma care settings, infectious disease outbreaks, and natural disasters.

Public health professionals work in multiple capacities and specialties, from food and nutrition to WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) to biostatistics. They organize and participate in community-based health education, including preventative healthcare training for local caregivers and residents.

Chaplains, pastors, and Christian counselors play a vital role in every response by ministering to those who have been adversely affected by a disaster, as they listen, encourage, pray, and share the hope found only in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Engineers have the ability to assist emergency responses in very unique ways, including setting up electricity to power an Emergency Field Hospital, new water systems, and other critical needs. Engineers are often among the first boots on the ground, identifying the needs and the best infrastructure to sustain them for the disaster response and beyond.

Trade skills are of utmost importance in the early stages as well as in maintenance of emergency disaster responses. Construction personnel are involved in everything from helping to set up an Emergency Field Hospital and building temporary shelters for families to operating heavy equipment for removing debris from disaster-affected areas.

Maintaining a secure environment is essential for a successful emergency response. Security professionals provide protection at Emergency Field Hospitals, warehouses, and other key sites where workers or critical assets are located. They monitor activity, screen pedestrian and vehicular traffic, and identify potential threats.

Professionals in Supply Chain Management provide the necessary support to ensure effective responses as they serve along each step of the supply line. They oversee and implement the purchasing and procurement, warehousing, and transportation of goods, assets, and deliverables for responses.

Team managers come from diverse careers and specialties, and are experienced disaster relief responders with a background in the humanitarian and non-profit sectors. They oversee and guide all response-related activities, including initial assessment, program strategy and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, grant management, and more.

Experts in information technology and data implement, monitor, manage, and support all computer and telecommunication networks in the field.

Finance managers, analysts, and accountants implement and coordinate all financial and budgetary aspects of an emergency response. They oversee accounting, expenditures, bookkeeping, and all other areas related to finance.

Professionals in this field lead initiatives to better inform programmatic and strategic decision making, and improve overall ministry effectiveness by evaluating an emergency response, better understanding the impact of Samaritan’s Purse in the disaster-affected communities, and identifying areas for new ministry. They also coordinate various programs, including shelter, nutrition, and WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) initiatives.

DART team members stand ready to respond at a moment’s notice whenever and wherever disaster strikes. They thrive under pressure and have a heart for sharing the love of Jesus Christ with those who are hurting. If that sounds like you, prayerfully consider joining us. As Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few” (Matthew 9:37).

We bring physical relief and the message of the Gospel to hurting people after a disaster. Is there a sense of urgency? Yes, there is!” Edward Graham Chief Operating Officer, Samaritan's Purse