Supporting Communities Recovering From Natural Disasters
The 2017 tropical storm season wreaked widespread devastation. In August, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, particularly the Houston area. Then in September, Hurricane Irma hit Florida. Communities across the Gulf Coast will need support for years to come.
Alfred University is committed to helping our local community and communities further away. The following guidelines from the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Center for International Disaster Information will help maximize the impact of our contributions to hurricane relief efforts.
- First, send money.
Processing, sorting, and distributing donated items takes time that aid workers do not have in the immediate aftermath of a crisis. Financial contributions provide immediate relief without adding stress to local aid workers and organizations.
- Donate to local organizations.
Local relief organizations know the community. Use sites like Charity Navigator to find trusted relief organizations. Choose an agency or organization with a mission that you support: food banks, children’s aid, local humane societies, blood and tissue banks, health centers, and other organizations all need assistance.
- Ask before sending supplies.
Always check with local relief agencies before shipping goods to communities recovering from disasters. Those on the ground know which items are most needed – and which are not.
- Wait before going to help.
Communities recovering from disasters will need support for many years, and extra labor will be most appreciated once the local infrastructure can accommodate an influx of out-of-town volunteers.
Supporting communities in Texas:
Texas Diaper Bank
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston
SPCA of Texas
Houston Humane Society
Portlight: Inclusive Disaster Strategies
Houston Food Bank
Galveston Food Bank
Victoria Food Bank
South Texas Blood and Tissue Center
The Montrose Center: LGBTQ Relief Fund
United Way of Greater Houston: Home Repair Fund
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