Donating and Volunteering After a Disaster

Volunteering or sending donations such as clothes, water and other common household items is a common reaction following a disaster. However, this can actually cause more problems for responders for various reasons.


To help minimize logistic needs and storage, and to allow deployment of the most needed items, providing funding or cash donations through a relief organization that is well known to you is often the most efficient way to help affected areas. Be proactive and understand what it takes to contribute help in the easiest and most effective ways after disaster hits.

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Helping those affected by volunteering is a natural response to a disaster. Take the time to be properly trained and work through an organization that is well known to you and is working in tandem with responders.