Do Your Part: 7 Vital Ways to Help After Natural Disasters

Do Your Part: 7 Vital Ways to Help After Natural Disasters
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    In the past few years—and even in the past months—natural disasters have affected thousands of people all around the world, from scorching wildfires in Australia to earthquakes in Puerto Rico to the all-too-familiar hurricanes on the Gulf Coast.

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These catastrophes affect people in more ways than one, and at times, it may seem like there’s not much we can do. If you’ve ever wanted to do more to aid the people in these circumstances, take a look at the various ways to help after natural disasters. Your contributions can make a huge difference.

Give Blood

One of the simplest ways to offer support is to give blood. When you hear about a disaster, book an appointment to give blood. Better yet, you can consistently give blood to add to the supply. This short trip can end up saving lives, and it takes little effort.

Support Relief Organizations

Next on the list of relief steps is to support a wide variety of relief organizations. When you support organizations such as the Red Cross, you’re helping fund their relief efforts.

When you partner that support with other organizations, you’ll know you’re making a difference for a myriad of people and supporting the relief in various ways.

Help Provide Safe Water & Sanitation

For a lot of people, safe water and sanitation isn’t as simple as turning on the faucet—and natural disaster further impedes access to these vital resource. Throughout the year, support organizations that strive to build safe water stations for people in need. Just make sure to do your research before sending money.

Volunteer

This is a great way to support communities year-round. The sooner you sign up to help different disaster organizations, the sooner you can start making a difference—and the more you’ll understand what exactly you need to do to help.

Arrange a Fundraiser

Arranging a fundraiser is another fantastic way to raise awareness for natural disasters and to fund relief efforts. Reach out to local schools and businesses to see if they’ll donate. Better yet, try to find companies that will match the donations you gather.

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Avoid Sending Goods to the Disaster Site

This may seem a bit counter-intuitive, but when you think about it, it makes sense. Relief organizations have a lot more to deal with than sorting through clothing and other goods. Before you donate such items, reach out to the organization and first see if they’re willing to accept them.

Continue Relief Efforts

Our last tip is about the importance of continuing these efforts. Your first donations make an impact, but you could make even more of a difference by donating in the months afterward. The work to stabilize communities after a natural disaster hardly ever stops, so the sooner you recognize that they still need your help after the first week, the better for everyone.

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