After a disaster, many people want to volunteer their services or donate money or goods. Get tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on volunteering and donating responsibly after a natural disaster.
Do not just "show up" to volunteer assistance. This actually makes things harder for responders. Instead, learn how you can help after a disaster through the following groups and organizations:
- American Red Cross - Volunteers help provide disaster relief, including clean water, hot meals, and shelter to families and communities.
- National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) - Register with a member organization to help assist communities affected by disasters.
- Salvation Army - This international organization partners with volunteers to help disaster survivors with immediate emergency response, long-term recovery efforts, and more.
- The Corporation for National & Community Service (AmeriCorps and Senior Corps) - Search for volunteer opportunities in your community, including disaster relief services.
Make sure your donations are going to the people who need help. Learn how to avoid a charity scam after a natural disaster.
If you suspect you've encountered disaster fraud, report it to the National Center for Disaster Fraud.