In 2001, CRI Director Sean Malone, a New York native and former film technician, was visiting family in New York when the attacks on 9/11 occurred. To aid the efforts, Sean quickly acquired movie light equipment and brought it to Ground Zero to provide lighting for the search and rescue operations. At Ground Zero the call to disaster response was planted in Sean’s heart.A few years later, Sean moved his family to New Orleans in order to start a new venture with Paramount Pictures. Shortly after they arrived, Hurricane Katrina made its way toward Louisiana. Sean and his family evacuated safely, but shortly after relocated to the inner-city of New Orleans and hosted teams of volunteers to cook food and serve the people.
After Katrina, Sean and his family moved to Kansas City, where the vision of Crisis Response International was fully developed.
Now with headquarters in Wilmington, NC, CRI is positioned as a leading disaster response organization bringing light and hope to the darkest corners of the earth.
The ministry has seen tremendous growth and major accomplishments including:
- Trained and developed a responder network of over 4,000 individuals.
- Responded to major disasters including the Haiti Earthquake, Philippine Typhoons, Moore Oklahoma Tornadoes, Hurricane Sandy, Japan Earthquake, Syrian Refugee Crisis in Iraq, Yazidi Refugees in Iraq, Syrian Refugee Crisis in Greece, Colorado floods, and the Nepal earthquake.
- Developed a network of prepared churches, ministries and individuals around the world who are ready to respond to crisis.