The compassion and generosity of the American people is never more evident than after a disaster. People want to help.
Here are some general guidelines on helping others after a disaster:
Financial contributions to a recognized disaster relief organization are the most effective donation to make. It’s usually the most needed and the most efficient way of helping those impacted by disaster.
Voluntary organizations can fund response and recovery efforts, obtain goods and services locally and provide direct financial assistance to disaster survivors to meet their own needs.
If you need help in determining who to give to, the National Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster has a list of major non-profits that are active in disaster work or you can make your offer through the National Donations Management Network.
When the public supports these voluntary organizations with financial contributions, it helps ensure a steady flow of important services to the people in need after a disaster.
Learn ways that you can effectively help others after a disaster.
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Everyone is moved when they hear the news that disaster has struck a community. By learning the best ways to donate and volunteer, we can all make a huge difference in the lives of those affected.