Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS) is a non-profit charitable organization registered in the United States and Pakistan for disaster relief and development work. CDRS responds to human suffering in emergencies and disasters, serving Human Beings regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, class, location, religion, color, or background. CDRS has led disaster relief missions in Haiti, Japan, The Philippines and The United States, and has operated primarily in Pakistan since the devastating 2005 earthquake. CDRS Founder Todd Shea has also responded to 9/11 in New York, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and The Tsumani in Sri Lanka and before founding CDRS in Pakistan.
In addition to our emergency relief efforts during or after natural or man-made disasters, we also work on long-term health relief programs such as health system support and rehabilitation, support to special patients, mother & child health, youth community service, and women’s empowerment.
DISASTER RESPONSE OVERVIEW
Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS) was created by Todd Shea after his deployment to Pakistan in October 2005 to assist with the earthquake relief efforts. Seeing great need would exist long after the emergency was over and having fallen in love with Pakistan and its people, Todd decided to stay in Pakistan. Todd and CDRS were awarded the Tamgha-i-Eisaar medal from Pakistan and have been honored with numerous other awards and commendations. CDRS currently has 34 employees and over 600 youth volunteers and have deployed thousands of volunteers over the years to serve the most deserving communities in Pakistan.
Disaster Response Expertise (Emergencies and Long Term): CDRS has responded to multiple disasters in Pakistan, providing much-needed logistics and medical support services to communities in need. We have a well-seasoned team of logisticians, medical personnel and volunteers who have extensive experience, and an in-depth understanding of local conditions, geography, and culture. CDRS responds to disasters very quickly, providing humanitarian assistance; supplies, security and logistics support to medical teams; and livelihood assistance to devastated communities. CDRS works in close collaboration with all levels of government, regional and national partner agencies to help rehabilitate and revive local communities and re-established their destroyed health facilities and devastated health care systems.
CURRENT CDRS PROJECTS
1) CDRS Mother & Child Health Center, Northern Swat, KPK
2) CDRS Child Health Center, Karam Bagh, Punjab
3) CDRS Disaster Response, Rescue & Logistics Team
4) CDRS Women’s Empowerment Project
5) CDRS Youth Community Service Project
6) CDRS Clean Water Project
7) CDRS Special Patients Project
8) CDRS Animal Welfare Project
CDRS HAS RESPONDED TO THE FOLLOWING NATIONAL EMERGENCIES:
- Oct 2015 – March 2016 – Earthquake in KPK (Mobile Medical Teams and Tents distribution in KPK)
- June 2015 – Heat Wave Emergency (Distributed Food, Water, and Medicines in Karachi)
- Sept 2014 – Jan 2015 – Floods (Mobile Medical Teams in Punjab and AJK)
- July 2014 – May 2015 – N. Waziristan IPDs Crisis (Health System Support & Medical Teams in Bannu)
- Sept 2013– Floods (Mobile Medical Team in District Kasur)
- Sept 2011 – Aug 2012 – Floods (Food Distribution & Medical Teams in Districts Badin, Thar, and Mirpurkhas)
- Aug 2010 – July 2011 – Floods (Mobile Medical Teams deployed for the first three months of the disaster. Long-term Maternal and Child Health Projects were begun after the emergency and implemented in Charsadda, KPK, Civil Hospital in Shikarpur, Sindh and Bagh Dheri Hospital in Swat, KPK)
- Sept 2009– Monsoon Crisis (Medical Teams in Sindh)
- June 2009 – Aug 2008– Swat IDPs Crisis (Medical Teams and relief distribution in Mardan and Swabi)
- Oct 2005– Nov 2011 – Earthquake in Azad Kashmir (Health System Support and Medical Teams in AJK)
Since 2005, CDRS has delivered medical care and relief services in Pakistan to more 2.3 million Human Beings impacted by the disaster, providing essential medicines, food and supplies, and helping to save lives and rehabilitate communities.