FEMA RESPONSE AND RECOVERY-When Disaster Strikes...Donations Are Needed
How You Can Help
1. Contributions of Cash
Monetary contributions allow the professional relief organizations to purchase exactly what is most urgently needed by disaster victims and to pay for the transportation necessary to distribute the supplies. Donations of money given to recognized relief organizations are tax deductible and allow the relief supplies to be purchased in locations near the disaster site.
2. Confirm the Need
Exactly what is needed can be confirmed by checking with a relief organization on site at the disaster. The organizations involved regularly update their information to the coodination office which allows the needs to be made known. Only provide the requests associated with the needs list which is current and appropriate for the victims being served.
3. Donate Through an Organization
Before starting a collection of goods to send to a disaster site, it is essential to locate a reliable relief organization willing to receive the shipment of donated goods. Distributing the relief supplies requires personnel and financial resources within the affected area. When unsolicited truckloads of items arrive at a disaster site there is often no place to unload the goods.
4. Transportation Must be Planned in Advance
Do not assume unsolicited relief supplies will be transported at no charge. Local trucking firms may be willing to help in times of disaster, if funds are available to cover part of the expense.
Some volunteer agencies may have vehicles going to the disaster site and can deliver the donations or they may be able to identify other possible means of providing the donations to the site.
5. Donated Items Must be Well Packed and Labeled
It is more efficient when items are sent properly sorted, clearly labeled and ready for distribution. This should be handled in advance at the sending location. Specific content lists should be taped to the side of each box sent. This allows the receiving officials to determine what is in the box without opening it, plus getting it to the proper distribution location in a timely manner. Food items, if needed, should be boxed according to instructions provided by the organization with whom the donor is working.
6.Small Items and Unsorted Clothing May Go to Local Need Relief organizations
Maintain prepared stocks of needed items, especially dry goods like clothing that are easy to store. These are usually the first relief supplies to the site.
See the entire list on the FEMA Website www.fema.gov FEMA RESPONSE AND RECOVERY
New phone center, web site for Army Reserve families and Soldiers affected by Hurricane Katrina
(FORT McPHERSON, GA) - Army Reserve family members and Soldiers affected by Hurricane Katrina may now contact the Army Reserve through the new call center at 1-877-464-9330
or from a military phone DSN 367-9330. Phones are manned 24 hours a day.
There is also web site established where families of deployed/mobilized and dislocated Army Reserve Soldiers and Army Reserve Civilians may provide their current contact information. The address of the web page is http://www.arfp.org
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