FEMA PRESS RELEASE
Sought To Help Hurricane Victims, Volunteers Should Not Self-Dispatch
Date: August 29, 2005
Release Number: HQ-05-177
D.C. -- Voluntary organizations are seeking cash donations to assist victims of
Hurricane Katrina in Gulf Coast states, according to Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary
of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response. But, volunteers
should not report directly to the affected areas unless directed by a voluntary
are especially helpful to victims,” Brown said. “They allow volunteer
agencies to issue cash vouchers to victims so they can meet their needs. Cash
donations also allow agencies to avoid the labor-intensive need to store, sort,
pack and distribute donated goods. Donated money prevents, too, the prohibitive
cost of air or sea transportation that donated goods require.”
Volunteer agencies provide a wide variety of services after disasters, such as
clean up, childcare, housing repair, crisis counseling, sheltering and food.
grateful for the outpouring of support already,” Brown said. “But
it’s important that volunteer response is coordinated by the professionals
who can direct volunteers with the appropriate skills to the hardest-hit areas
where they are needed most. Self-dispatched volunteers and especially sightseers
can put themselves and others in harm’s way and hamper rescue efforts.”
Here is a list of phone
numbers set up solely for cash donations and/or volunteers.
1-800-HELP NOW (435-7669) English,
Cash to and Volunteer with:
Adventist Community Services
Catholic Charities, USA
941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554
Reformed World Relief Committee
National and Community Service Disaster Relief Fund
Nazarene Disaster Response
Baptist Convention -- Disaster Relief
1-800-462-8657, ext. 6440
Methodist Committee on Relief
further information: visit the website for the National Voluntary Organizations
Active in Disaster (NVOAD) at: http://www.nvoad.org/.
list of organizations is provided by the National Organization of Voluntary Agencies
Active in Disaster. Please email EST-DONAT-A@dhs.gov if you are interested
in having your organization added to the list.
check with your tax advisor or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for more information
regarding the tax deductibility of your donation.
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