How to Help With Disaster Relief
MNA Disaster Relief Information
Below is information regarding donations to victims of the recent hurricane, floods and earthquake affecting people in Texas, Florida, the Caribbean and most recently Mexico.
MNA has not vetted these organizations. This list is a starting place for those wishing to donate. At this time, it is clear that donations of money are most needed; storage and transportation of material goods is not practical – that is a job for FEMA and possibly military personnel given the logistics required. Charity Navigator is one way to assess the transparency and accountability of a specific charitable organization. https://www.charitynavigator.org/
· RNRN The Registered Nurse Response Network, a project of National Nurses United (NNU) and the California Nurses Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, sends nurses to disaster-stricken areas inside the U.S. and internationally. RNRN sent teams of nurses to Houston to help after Hurricane Harvey and is actively monitoring the situations in Texas as well as and the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida and the islands. Over 2,000 RNs volunteered to help if needed. Donations cannot be earmarked specifically to Harvey or Irma but support for RNRN’s disaster response efforts is appreciated. Details on the Houston deployment: http://www.nationalnursesunited.org/press/entry/rn-response-network-to-deploy-additional-nurse-volunteers-to-houston/
· The Salvation Army appears to be active in responding to the recent disasters in the US, Mexico and Bangladesh http://www.salvationarmy.org/
· Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) is an international aid and relief organization which is active now in Mexico with earthquake victims. http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/our-work/humanitarian-issues/natural-disasters
The American Kidney Fund provides emergency financial grants to dialysis patients. http://www.kidneyfund.org/
· New York Times Resource List: Resources for those who are either displaced from their homes or sheltering in place during the catastrophic flooding. To donate, see their guide to ways to help.
· FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). FEMA recommends individuals check with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster for a list of trusted disaster-relief organizations in Texas and Florida.
Information for Disaster Victims in Need of Assistance:
· FEMA: DisasterAssistance.gov includes a link to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s step-by-step guide to filing a flood claim, a map to locate the nearest FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers and instructions on how to apply for assistance. If you have questions about the help FEMA offers or the application process, call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) or submit your query online. https://www.disasterassistance.gov/
The website allows you to enter an address to get a list of the closest FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs), starting with the closest three. If no resource is close to you, contact your state’s emergency management agency to ask about other resources, or to get your county’s contacts. To find your closest hospital, use the U.S. Hospital Finder. You may also be able to find temporary lodging on the Airbnb website through their Disaster Response Program; available for a limited time only.
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster National VOAD members respond to disasters in the United States and around the world. Register with a National VOAD member to volunteer or donate. Several religious organizations are represented on the VOAD list. To donate or to find a complete list of member orgs by state, go to: https://www.nvoad.org/howtohelp/
· Potential method to locate family members in Puerto Rico. Communications are almost completely down in Puerto Rico. A Google Docs form to gather info (cell # of a contact outside of Puerto Rico, family member(s)’ name(s), and address in Puerto Rico) which may be useful is circulating at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSewJsaZzWBX38jDleoqY5rETTtGWVCnUWLVZtf8lFh9CfB5cA/viewform