After a disaster, the generosity of the public can further assist affected communities in their recovery efforts.
However, according to Ready NC, the number of donated items can quickly exceed the needs of those communities and overwhelm organizations that receive donations. Following a disaster, you may be asked to refrain from donating unsolicited goods, so responding agencies can provide immediate services and needs can be accurately identifed.
If you are not affected by the disaster, the most effective way to support recovery is to make tax-deductible financial donations to trusted charitable organizations, so they may purchase, or provide vouchers for, the specific items survivors actually need. This also allows the purchase of goods or services locally, which helps put money back into the local economy and speed the recovery of businesses.
Use Trusted Organizations
If you donate goods, only donate to reputable organizations to ensure your fnancial contribution is used responsibly.
The N.C. Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) website provides a list of vetted disaster relief organizations that provide services to survivors in North Carolina.
Register Before Volunteering
Check with local organizations for information about where volunteers are needed.
Until volunteers are specifically requested, you should stay away from disaster areas. When unaffliated volunteers self-deploy, it can create additional burdens on communities in which resources for food and shelter are scarce.
If you would like to volunteer, it is best to register with nc.gov/volunteer or with a voluntary or charitable organization of your choice.