After a disaster, many people want to volunteer their services or donate money or goods. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides information and tips on volunteering and donating responsibly after a natural disaster.
Do not just "show up" to volunteer assistance. This actually makes things harder for responders. The following groups and organizations provide information on helping survivors of natural disasters:
- American Red Cross
- AmeriCorps (Corporation for National and Community Service)
- National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD)
- Volunteer Florida
- Salvation Army
Make sure your donations are going to the people that need help. Learn how to spot Hurricane scams.
If you suspect you've encountered disaster fraud report it to the National Center for Disaster Fraud at (866) 720-5721. The line is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Additionally, emails can be sent to email@example.com, and information can be faxed to (225) 334-4707.
FEMA Hiring Temporary Workers
FEMA is currently hiring temporary workers in several locations across the United States and Puerto Rico to support hurricane response and recovery efforts. Find a list of available positions and how to apply.