Tips To Help You To Volunteer In Disaster Recovery

Posted on: 23 June 2020

Disasters are occurring regularly all around the world today, with many of them close to your own home with the recent COVID-19 health crisis. And when there are constantly new disasters popping up, there is a matching and increasing need for help with recovery and other types of support that are mainly handled with volunteers. In fact, a majority of the disaster relief personnel are volunteers who have felt the need to go out and look for ways to help. Here is some insight to help you get to be a volunteer in your local area or wherever there may be a need for disaster volunteers.

Volunteer For Local Disasters

Whether your area has been impacted by a hurricane, earthquake, or a flood from a dam break, your area will be in need of volunteers for many tasks. There may be a need for help delivering food, blankets, and water to individuals who have been displaced from their homes, or a need to knock on doors to find residents and check on their welfare. 

A disaster in your area may consist of a local apartment fire or a family home that has sustained a great deal of damage. In this type of disaster, the family or families living there will have a need for clothing, food, water, medications, and any other necessities they lost in their home. 

You might find there is a need to clean up homes on a street after a tornado has impacted the area. Cleanup can consist of removing debris and disposing of it into trash bins so each homeowner can rebuild.

Donate Resources

If you are not able to donate your extra time to a local or national disaster, you can still donate some of your own resources. One way to donate is through a monetary gift donation, which you can do online or by calling a local disaster relief organization. Disaster relief organizations get a majority of their help through volunteering, which is free, but there is a need for supplies and equipment, which do cost money that they always have a need for to replenish these areas.

You can also donate your own blood or plasma, which will go to benefit people who sustain injuries or illness during a disaster and might need extra blood to replenish the blood they lost. Contact your local blood bank or disaster relief organization to find out how you can make an appointment to donate blood, platelets, or plasma.