If you’ve watched coverage of the recent hurricanes and the weather damage people have experienced to their homes, you might be wondering how you can help. No matter where you live, you can get involved with the hurricane relief process. Here are five ways you can make a difference for people whose homes and businesses have been directly affected by storm damage.
- Give money. One of the most effective ways to help is to donate to the organizations working directly with the folks who have experienced storm damage to their homes. There are many national organizations that provide weather damage assistance to those in need of the services of a storm damage restoration company. If you don’t know where to start, visit Charity Navigator to find reputable organizations that are currently providing hurricane relief.
- Give time. If you can’t give money, you can give time. However, it’s not necessarily helpful to jump in your car and drive to the disaster site. Before you decide where or how to donate your time, look at the National Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster or Volunteer Match and find ways to offer your skills. These sites can help you narrow down storm damaged areas that need assistance immediately.
- Give goods. After the storm has passed and the weather-damaged buildings have been boarded up, item donations start. It can be tempting to send clothing, toys and items you have on hand to replace the ones lost in the wake of a hurricane disaster, but you have no way of knowing what people need. Tailor your donations to the specific items requested from local organizations working directly with storm restoration and disaster relief. Non-perishable items like bottled water, canned foods, diapers, batteries and gift cards are invaluable for communities affected by a hurricane. If you want to donate goods, Amazon has partnered with the American Red Cross and has created an online wish list. Simply click to shop and donate needed items directly from the comfort of your own home.
- Give blood. When a hurricane strikes, blood donations are needed and supplies can be scarce. You can help by going to your local blood center to help them keep inventory up. You may even be saving a life in the process. Visit The American Red Cross website to learn more about the donation process and to search for nearby blood drives.
- Give support. After the storm passes and the images of the devastation are no longer fresh, it is easy for the victims to be out of sight and out of mind. In reality though, it takes months after the hurricane for storm restoration companies to rebuild communities. You can help maintain awareness and provide continued support by hosting fundraisers in your local community. These events can create year-round support and awareness of the need for support so that storm restoration services and disaster relief assistance can be provided to those in need.
While there are many resources available in preparing for a natural disaster, no one can know the true havoc the storm will wreak until the storm clouds have cleared and storm damage restoration companies have assessed the damage. No matter how families try to prepare for a storm, weather damage is inevitable– basements will be flooded and personal property will be lost. There are many ways you can reach out to those who have experienced loss from these storms. Whether you want to donate money, time or provide additional support with blood drives or fundraising, your efforts can help those whose lives have been forever changed by a natural disaster.
While we hope that you never need our storm restoration services, we know the stress and mess that can be caused by water or storm damage. It’s good to know that the team of certified and trained restoration experts at Hays + Sons are just a phone call away, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. With 140 employees, 120 vehicles, and eight separate locations, Hays + Sons has you covered. We have water damage restoration experts ready to serve you at any of our locations in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Muncie, Crown Point, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, & Columbus.