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Published On: Tue, Jan 5th, 2016

Why It’s Crucial To Volunteer With Disaster Relief Organizations

When we’re debating which charities we wish to contribute our time and money to, sometimes we overlook one of the most essential charitable causes, which are disaster relief efforts. There are countless tragic stories each year that feature communities being torn apart after a natural disaster.
While we may oftentimes feel as if we are powerless to do nothing besides gasp and watch the news as the scene unfolds, we actually can do something to help. Philanthropists, such as Catherine Hooper, are leading the way in organizing disaster relief efforts to ensure that help is ready and waiting in the wake of a natural disaster. Here are some reasons why disaster relief organizations are so worthy of your time and money.
Often The First Responders
After a tornado or a tsunami rips towns apart, citizens are often left completely helpless. Disaster relief groups are typically the first ones who arrive on the scene, ready to provide victims with the food, shelter and essentials that they so desperately need. These situations are usually very dangerous and unstable, yet disaster relief workers go in regardless to ensure that the victims are cared for and kept fed, clothed and safe.
tornado which struck the town of Phil Campbell, Alabama during the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak.  photo NWS Huntsville

tornado which struck the town of Phil Campbell, Alabama during the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak. photo NWS Huntsville

Helps Local Authorities And Medical Personnel

Disaster relief organizations don’t just aid the victims. Rather, they will often provide food and heated tented areas for police and medical personnel as they work to restore peace to a disturbed area. The first responders who respond to these emergencies desperately need this support, as these events can have them working long and grueling hours. When you contribute to disaster relief organizations, you aren’t just helping victims, but police, fire and medical workers as well.
Ensure That These Organizations Stay Ready
In the wake of natural disasters, these organizations typically see a flood of donations. However, to ensure that these relief services are available the split second that a natural disaster occurs, it’s essential that these groups are funded continuously throughout the year. Contributing to these groups shouldn’t just be something that people do in the wake of a tragedy. Rather, it’s essential that people provide them with ongoing support to ensure that they are always ready.
Do Something Great For All Of Mankind
There is no city or town on the planet that is immune to natural disasters. Indeed, they can occur just about anywhere. When you contribute to disaster relief funds, you’re contributing to charities that help every single type of person on Earth. Since these tragic events can occur just about anywhere, it’s essential that these funds are always there to provide immediate and much needed relief.
If you are looking for a new cause to contribute to, disaster relief funds are one of the most worthwhile causes that you could choose. These groups are always looking for contributions. If you’re looking to provide your time, many of these groups need volunteers to help assemble care packages and do office work all throughout the year. Ultimately, this is a noble cause that requires the support of just about everyone.
Guest Author: Brian P.
Aftermath of Arkansas tornado photo/screenshot The Weather Channel coverage

Aftermath of Arkansas tornado photo/screenshot The Weather Channel coverage

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