Natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes, and fires can leave us feeling powerless and overwhelmed, but it's important for everyone to know that there are ways to help. Whether a disaster has occurred in your community, or across the country, you can make a difference! Here are 8 ways you can support disaster relief today.
- Encourage Your Organization to Give Back
Your organization can support those impacted by disasters by maximizing financial donations as a team. America's Charities has created resources to help you through this process.
- Volunteer with the American Red Cross
According to the Red Cross, volunteers make up over 90% of their disaster relief workforce. You can sign up today to volunteer with the organization to get the training that enables you to support your community when it is impacted by a disaster.
- Donate Money
There are a variety of ways to donate during a disaster. Here are some tips on how to donate in times of crisis.
- Share What You are Doing
Inspire others by showing them how you are helping out. Whether you’re donating money or volunteering, share it on social media and build some momentum around your disaster-relief cause.
- Volunteer at a Blood Drive
Unlike other medical supplies, blood and platelets must be used quickly and cannot be stockpiled. Help to support blood drives within your communities to ensure that there’s enough for those who need it during a disaster.
- Become a Volunteer with Salvation Army
Find volunteer opportunities with the Salvation Army and help them with food collection, distribution, and more.
- Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity aids long-term shelter rebuilds after disaster strikes. Check out ways you can volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.
- Talk to Victims of Disaster
Living through a hurricane or other disastrous events can be traumatizing for survivors. The CDC has put together a resource guide for coping with disaster trauma.