Hurricane Sandy Relief
What Can You Do To Help?
Affiliate with existing non-profit organizations before coming to the disaster area. Immediately following a disaster, a community can become easily overwhelmed by the amount of generous people who want to help. Contacting and affiliating with an established organization will help to ensure that you are appropriately trained to respond in the most effective way.
Be safe: Do not self-deploy until a need has been identified and the local community impacted has requested support. Wait until it is safe to travel to volunteer sites and opportunities have been identified. Once assigned a position, make sure you have been given an assignment and are wearing proper safety gear for the task.
Be patient: Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many months, often years, after the disaster - especially when the community enters the long-term recovery period.
Several state and local agencies will be looking for volunteers to help with the disaster recovery. Learn more by contacting the agencies below:
o American Red Cross - http://www.redcross.org/
o New Jersey Emergency Response Hotline - 1-800-JERSEY-7
The need for blood rises during disasters of this scale, and this problem is exacerbated in affected areas where blood drives may have been cancelled.
A blood drive will be held at Kean University on Tuesday, November 6, and Tuesday, December 4, 2012, from 12 noon to 5:30 p.m. in University Center, room 228.
Cash donations are very useful in situations where supplies must be acquired quickly. The Red Cross is providing shelter, clothes, supplies, food and blood, as needed, for the victims of Sandy. In terms of items, you’ll be doing more for those in need by donating money instead of physical goods. To donate, please visit www.redcross.gov.
Additional information and relief activities will be posted as they become available.
Information obtained from www.serve.gov, www.fema.gov/sandy and ready.nj.gov.