Give blood through the American Red Cross or Community Blood Center.

Donate money to an established relief or humanitarian organization. Beware of scam artists posing as legitimate agencies following a disaster.

Get to know your neighbors. Find out if anyone has specialized equipment, like a power generator or expertise such as medical knowledge, which might help in a crisis. Make arrangements to check on your neighbor’s home or pets if one of you is away when a disaster strikes.

Before a disaster, get involved and become familiar with community resources:

  • Find out which community organizations need your skills and expertise. The American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, local fire and police departments, local health departments and many others, all utilize volunteers during a time of crisis.

  • Volunteer to develop site-specific disaster plans for your workplace, child’s daycare center, or apartment building if they don’t already have one.

After a disaster, volunteers will play a crucial role in recovery efforts