The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the kdhnews.com in April 2017:
“Volunteers representing dozens of local, state and national organizations are working alongside federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local responders to address the immediate needs of survivors affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is advising people who want to help survivors affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey to do so through affiliation with the voluntary organizations that are active in the ongoing disaster operations. Those interested in volunteering should do so through organized volunteer organizations and not to self -deploy to affected regions.
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster serves as the primary point of contact for voluntary organization coordination in FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center, supporting Emergency Support Function 6 (mass care, emergency assistance, housing, and human services) under the National Response Framework.
National VOAD continues to work with a network of more than 50 national agencies, and 55 state and territorial VOADs, providing countless volunteers and services to support response and recovery efforts.
National VOAD members, including voluntary, nonprofit and faith-based organizations, are working closely with affected communities to provide mobile feeding in areas where there are power outages, to assist with debris removal, and as needed, to support with temporary roofing for disaster survivors.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering.
Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to view CNCSs website at www.serve.gov for more information.
With a large response effort spanning multiple states, the American Red Cross is working closely with government agencies and community organizations to coordinate this multistate relief response.
Partners including AmeriCorps, Islamic Relief USA, the NAACP, and the National Baptist Convention USA are assisting to provide help and comfort.”
Read the full post on kdhnews.com