Day One Disaster Relief



Day One Disaster Relief is a project within Sustainable Prosperity that has been providing logistics and assistance with disaster relief. 

Day One Disaster Relief was founded during Hurricane Florence to rapidly source and deliver supplies (via air and road) to those affected by  the hurricane. Day One spearheaded the rapid response at the TAC AIR terminal at RDU in September 2018. Through strong community relationships, Day One Disaster Relief continues to serves disaster-impacted populations. Since each disaster is unique, a disaster relief solution that is predictable, repeatable and systematic in nature has been identified as what's needed to make an improved impact.

Most recently before the COVID-19 crisis Day One has been  residents of McDougland Terrace in Durham and the NC survivors of Hurricane Dorian.

This important, responsive project exists because of the vision, leadership and tireless work of Jil Christensen. 

In our work responding to Michael and Dorian we brought together volunteer pilots and NGO’s who have been on the ground in eastern NC, some for 45+ years. We raised the supply chain and engaged the community which resulted in 1500 volunteers throughout the week at RDU. Day One has continued  serving the survivors of Hurricanes Michael and Dorian as well as the supporting residents evacuated from McDougald Terrace public housing neighborhood in Durham, NC.

Through our experience at RDU, we identified the need to create a decentralized collaborative based disaster relief organization to facilitate volunteer, NGO, donor, and government coordination during a rapid disaster response specifically focusing on communities that are often forgotten during large disasters. (i.e. farmworkers and migrant laborers, poor, people of color, and under resourced communities)

Our structure allows us to effectively and efficiently work with smaller NGOs who often become distribution hubs and community support organizations in the wake of a disaster. Day One has a network of trusted relationships across our state which is ever expanding. These NGOS are the people who have deep relationships with their communities and people who start disasters at net zero. Day One Disaster Relief partners with these organizations to provide rapid response aid and long term relief.

How to Help  

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Contact Jil Christensen 
Day One Disaster Relief, director

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