Founded in 2017, in response to the devastating Atlantic hurricane season, our mission is to bring disaster relief to remote, isolated and under-served coastal communities. We address the three core needs of Response, Recovery and Resilience to preserve life in times of emergency and rebuild quality of life in the aftermath. Sail Relief Team is a fiscally sponsored project of the Burning Man Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Our response and support boats allow us to respond to the immediate needs of disaster victims including search and rescue, first-aid, clean drinking water, and communications. Using sailing vessels allows us to operate in places where fuel is scarce in a self-sufficient way that contributes resources to affected communities without straining damaged infrastructure.
Recovery from the damage done by natural disasters can take a long time and a lot of resources. After the emergency has passed, we coordinate donations and volunteers to support communities throughout the rebuilding process.
Resilience against the next disaster is vital to vulnerable and isolated communities. During the rebuilding process, we support projects that harden power and medical infrastructure, improve communications, and educate the population to improve the communities resilience in the future.