Gulf Coast States Assess Needs for Isaac Relief Efforts
Hurricane Isaac was
downgraded to a Tropical Depression Thursday afternoon, meaning that the
worst of the damage is behind us. Relief agencies through the Gulf Coast
region are currently assessing the damages, figuring out what they will
need to provide the best relief they can to the victims of the hurricane.
All the States in the storm's path have preparations in place and
participate in the National Donations Management Network®, powered by
Aidmatrix, so that they can instantly communicate with the public regarding
items needed for the relief efforts.
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contributions to voluntary agencies can be used to purchase specific needed
items on scene which helps the local economy and prevents voluntary
partners from having to transport items at great expense. See the links
below to donate cash to the active voluntary agencies working in the state
of your choice.
Goods Is Not Favored
items, and food are best provided by well-funded voluntary agencies and not
through the expensive process of collecting, sorting, packaging,
transporting, receiving, sorting, and distributing of goods. But if you do
host a collection, know the facts: (1) what is needed, (2) where it is needed,
(3) who will
receive and distribute it, and (4) how they want it packaged
and shipped. Speak to voluntary agencies working the
disaster to determine what the specific needs are before you collect.
Better yet, post an offer of goods at the links provided below for the
state of your choice. Voluntary partners and emergency management will
review your offer and advise you if it is needed.
The best way to
volunteer after disaster is through affiliating with a recognized
disaster-related voluntary agency. Unconnected volunteers who show up at
disaster sites are called "spontaneous unaffiliated volunteers" and
often require the support of already busy agencies and officials. It's
better to volunteer through an organization, a church, or at a minimum, by
connecting with the volunteer coordination offices in the state of your
To donate or
volunteer, go to one of these state sites: