Natural disasters happen around the world over and over again. Natural disasters, such as tsunamis, hurricanes, tornados, and earthquakes, leave people, land, businesses, and animals completely devastated. You may be wondering just what you can do to help people who are dealing with the aftereffects of a natural disaster. While you may not be able to fly overseas and help one-on-one physically, you can help through several charities and organizations. Read on to learn more.
Help with safe water and sanitation needs.
You can donate to a company known as Oxfam to help people receive safe water and sanitation services. For example, Hurricane Irma destroyed crops and homes throughout Haiti and the Dominican Republic, leaving many people without clean water. When you donate to Oxfam, you are helping people get the clean water they so desperately need as well as access to basic sanitation.
Look for a Go Fund Me campaign.
We all can’t jump on the next airplane to help people in need, but you can donate to many charities that will make sure your money is well spent! Fund Me is an excellent online crowdfunding group that has raised money for hundreds of national disasters. Jump on and search for the natural disaster you are looking for. You will see organizations that will welcome your help.
Donate your blood
Donating blood is a simple yet effective way to help people who have been victims of natural disasters. All blood types are always needed, but there is currently an urgent need for O negative blood and platelet donations. Check the Red Cross website to find a location near you. You may also want to check with One Blood to learn how Hurricane Irma has impacted Florida’s blood supply and what you can do to help.
Donate time and energy
If you want to be hands-on, then you will like to donate your own time to help after a natural disaster. United Way Miami is an organization that is now accepting new volunteer applications. Hop on their website and fill out their form. Even if you can’t help right now, United Way will keep your application on file and may call you for help in the future.