It is easy to go about a daily routine without thinking about what would happen during an emergency. However, natural disasters can strike and upend people’s lives in a matter of hours or minutes. Providing aid to people in need is a compassionate response, and there are many ways to help those who are trying to rebuild their lives after a disaster happens. Volunteers, funds and blood will be needed, along with temporary or permanent homes for displaced animals.
Turning on the television after a natural disaster can result in pictures and videos of volunteers working to help people on the front lines. However, there are many other volunteer opportunities available, many of which can be done from home or at a local office. People are needed to solicit donations, coordinate the purchase and delivery of vital supplies and locate shelter for victims.
- Donate Money
Relocating, feeding and giving medical attention to victims comes at a cost. Even though the volunteers may be giving their time for free, supplies must be purchased. Most organizations that specialize in assisting victims of natural disasters recover prefer to receive money unless otherwise specified. This allows them to purchase only what is needed, such as mobile shower trailers, hygiene kits or baby formula.
- Give Blood
Many victims of natural disasters require medical care, and in some cases, timely blood transfusions can mean the difference between life and death. Blood can be donated all year long, but it can be especially important to remember to go donate when a natural disaster has struck. Before going to a donation center, check with local organizations to ensure all their requirements are met, as some circumstances may render someone ineligible to give blood.
- Foster or Adopt Animals
Oftentimes, animals can be lost or left behind when a disaster occurs. While reuniting animals with their owners is the ideal situation, that is not always possible. People who are willing to foster animals until their owners can be located are in high demand during emergencies. If the owners are not found, then permanent homes will need to be located for the animals.
The desire to help others who are suffering is a wonderful impulse. Contact different organizations to find out exactly what type of help is needed and then volunteer or give money if able. If that is not possible, try to give blood or raise awareness to encourage donations from others.