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Hurricane Harvey - Huston Texas FloodingHURRICANE HARVEY RESPONSE
How You Can Help...

updated 09/01/2017

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RESOURCES:

National Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster (VOAD)

National VOAD members will be there providing relief and recovery for years to come, and will need your assistance. If you are an individual, please remember that CASH IS BEST at this time.

Please donate to a Texas VOAD Member by visiting: 
https://txvoad.communityos.org/cms/node/104
 

or a National VOAD Member by visiting:
https://www.nvoad.org/voad-members/national-members/

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) in helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey.  For more info you can always visit NJVOAD Facebook page , the hNJVOAD Website or NJ 2-1-1 for more information

The day of a disaster is not the time to prepare! Need help getting ready? Don't know where to start? Download our FREE NJ Hurricane Survival Guide to get these and other great tips at www.state.nj.us/njoem/plan/hurricanes.html today! Please share this information with your family, friends, neighbors, and community leaders.

Got pets!? Remember to include them in your hurricane plans. Visit animalemergency.nj.gov to find out more!

If you, a family member or a neighbor have special needs, be sure to visit Register Ready, New Jersey's Special Needs Registry for Disaster Planning, to get started on making your emergency plan today www.registerready.nj.gov

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency

The compassion and generosity of the American people is never more evident than during and after a disaster. It is individuals, non-profits, faith- and community-based organizations, private sector partners, and governmental agencies working together that will most effectively and efficiently help survivors cope with the impacts of Tropical Storm Harvey.

Please follow a few important guidelines below to ensure your support can be the most helpful for Tropical Storm Harvey disaster survivors.

TO DONATE TO RELIEF EFFORTS

The most effective way to support disaster survivors in their recovery is to donate money and time to trusted, reputable, voluntary or charitable organizations.

Cash donations offer voluntary agencies and faith-based organizations the most flexibility to address urgently developing needs. With cash in hand, these organizations can obtain needed resources nearer to the disaster location. This inflow of cash also pumps money back into the local economy and helps local businesses recover faster.
Please do not donate unsolicited goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, medicine, or perishable foodstuffs at this time. When used personal items are donated, the helping agencies must redirect their staff away from providing direct services to survivors in order to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.

Donate through a trusted organization.  At the national level, many voluntary-, faith- and community-based organizations are active in disasters, and are trusted ways to donate to disaster survivors. Individuals, corporations, and volunteers, can learn more about how to help on the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) website.
In addition to the national members, The Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Texas VOAD) has a list of vetted disaster relief organizations providing services to survivors.  Texas VOAD represents more than three dozen faith-based, community, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations.    

TO PERSONALLY VOLUNTEER IN THE DISASTER AREAS

The State of Texas is asking volunteers to not self-deploy, as unexpectedly showing up to any of the communities that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey will create an additional burden for first responders.

The National VOAD has also noted the situation may not be conducive to volunteers entering the impacted zone and individuals may find themselves turned away by law enforcement.
To ensure volunteer safety, as well as the safety of disaster survivors, volunteers should only go into affected areas with a specific volunteer assignment, proper safety gear, and valid identification.

At this time, potential volunteers are asked to register with a voluntary or charitable organization of their choice, many of which are already in Texas and supporting survivors on the ground.

The National and Texas VOAD websites are offering links to those who wish to register to volunteer with community- and faith-based organizations working in the field.

Most importantly, please be patient. Although the need is great, and desire to help strong, it is important to avoid donating material goods or self-deploying to help until communities are safe and public officials and disaster relief organizations have had an opportunity to assess the damage and identify what the specific unmet needs are.

Volunteer generosity helps impacted communities heal from the tragic consequences of disasters, but recovery lasts much longer than today. There will be volunteer needs for many months, and years, after the disaster, so sign up now.

Tropical Storm Harvey is still dangerous, with the potential to impact additional areas of Texas and Louisiana. As the situation changes, needs may also change in these areas. Continue monitoring traditional and social media channels to learn more.

NJOEM - From the NJ Office of Emergency Management

  • CASH IS BEST
  • Go to HELPNJNOW.org to review participating organizations monitoring or actively employed in the recovery efforts for Hurricane Harvey and to make a financial donation.

Anyone receiving inquiries from individuals looking to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey can be directed to the following websites:

UNITED WAY - HUSTON, TEXAS: www.unitedwayhouston.org/flood   or   UNITED WAY OF TEXAS: www.uwtexas.org/hurricane-harvey

HELPNJNOW.ORG

This website, http://helpnjnow.org/, was developed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Tens of thousands of individuals reached out to help, but there was no consolidated resource to capture all oft he ways people could assist. HELPNJ.ORG was designated to contact resources with up to date community needs in order to best respond to disasters. This site was built and is maintained by a partnership between NJ Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NJVOAD), the NJ Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) and the Governor's Office of Volunteerism

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