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.
Donate Cash or Volunteer to Help Disaster Survivors
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.
Avoid Charity Fraud
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.