Best Ways to Help Disaster Survivors

Following any disaster, life safety activities take priority and opportunities to support response efforts may take several days to emerge as assessments are completed and local resources are consumed. ALAN constantly monitors VOAD and emergency management groups around the country to ensure we are ready to respond when called upon.

To ensure the best results for disaster survivors, please remember:

Don’t self-deploy: Avoid disaster areas until volunteers are requested. Emergency response and life safety crews need access to open road to conduct their life saving activities. Many families have been displaced by these storms and housing and other services will be directed to support their needs first.

Connect before you collect: Make sure that there is a need—as well as capacity and a specific recipient—for your donation on the other end. Your good intentions can overburden local supply chains if affected communities are not prepared for the arrival of your goods or services. Requested items will be posted here.

Work through ALAN: We partner with voluntary organizations, communities, and emergency response agencies on the ground to provide an organized response. We will be happy to share your offers of support with our partners to see if they match local needs.

Cash is best: By far, monetary donations are the most useful help you can give. They allow affected communities to purchase exactly what they need, when they need it most; they permit local sourcing of supplies, which stimulates the economy and keeps tax revenues at home; and they help survivors to take control of their own recovery.

To offer support in advance of the identification of specific needs, you may share your offer via our “How to Help” form or email Kathy Fulton, Executive Director.

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