Immediately following a disaster, a community can become easily overwhelmed by the number of generous people who want to help. To make sure your volunteer efforts help rather than hinder, follow these common sense guidelines.
AFFILIATE with existing non-profit organizations before coming to the disaster area.
BE SAFE. Do not self deploy until a need has been identified and the local community impacted has requested support. Wait until it is safe to travel to volunteer sites and opportunities have been identified.
BE PATIENT. Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many months, often years, after the disaster.
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Cash is the most efficient method of donating. Cash gives agencies flexibility in meeting survivors' needs. It infuses money into the local economy, provides direct financial assistance, and helps with recovery efforts after the event.
USE A TRUSTED ORGANIZATION. Within Alaska, many voluntary faith- and community-based organizations are active in disasters. These organizations provide trusted ways to donate to disaster survivors.
Cash donations can be made to the 2013 Spring Flood Long-Term Recovery Committee through Adventist Community Services (ACS). ACS, working as a conduit, allocates all collected funds directly to the 2013 Spring Flood Long-Term Recovery Committee. Send donations to:
Adventist Community Services
P.O. Box 240834
Anchorage, AK 99524
Donations may also be made to one of the following organizations:
Only send requested goods. Unsolicited items, whether used clothing, household items or food, may not meet the needs of survivors and require additional staffing to process. This diverts valuable resources from the disaster response.
ONLY DONATE REQUESTED ITEMS. Before collecting goods to donate, view this list of items that are currently needed.
Donation NeedsSee a current List