How to help survivors after a disaster
Learn the best ways to help people affected by a disaster.
How to donate after a disaster
You can donate money or physical items after a disaster. Follow FEMA's guidance on how to volunteer and donate. Send your questions about donations to FEMA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A cash donation is the best way to help after a disaster. It gives volunteers the flexibility to buy needed supplies in bulk. Donate to a trusted organization working at the disaster site. Find a disaster relief organization that accepts financial contributions.
If you want to donate items, give them through a disaster relief organization or the government. They publish lists of needed items. When you make a donation, follow this guidance:
- Only give items when they are requested.
- Only give items that are on the list of requested items.
- Do not send items directly to the affected area.
Blood donations are always needed, including after a disaster. Find a blood donation center near you.
How to volunteer after a disaster
To volunteer, register with an organization that was recruited to help. Do not go on your own. Wait until you hear from the organization. It will inform you if it chooses to deploy you to the disaster area. Search the directory of disaster relief groups to find one that matches your interests.
Volunteer with the Red Cross
The Red Cross provides relief after a disaster, including food and water. Search for volunteer opportunities with the Red Cross.
LAST UPDATED: December 7, 2023