How to volunteer in disaster areas
Do you feel like doing some good? Volunteer in a disaster area for some positive karma.
Before anything else you need to consider your physical health and availability; volunteering in a disaster area requires committing considerable energy and time. Research specific disaster areas beforehand to help prepare yourself for situations you might find on the ground. If you’re volunteering outside the country, make sure yoy have a valid passport.
Find a group by going online to find a faith-based or non-governmental organization that leads volunteer missions as disaster areas are far too dangerous to navigate alone. Try and join the group before a disaster strikes to get familiar with a group ahead of time.
Think about any skills or training you possess that may be useful in disaster areas. It would be a good idea to take courses in foreign languages, CPR, or first aid, all of which can help you provide assistance on the ground.
If traveling’s too difficult, you can still volunteer locally. You can help out at a nearby blood bank, man a call center dedicated to collecting donations or gather supplies to send to victims abroad. You can help spread news of any disaster relief and help focus public attention on affected areas.
If you have no time to volunteer you can simply donate money or basic necessities like clothes, canned goods, or bottled water to support volunteer efforts around the world. Giving what you have to others is among the best ways to get involved and help those dealing with disaster.
In 2009, the Federal Emergency Management Agency declared 59 disasters in the United States.