Disaster Volunteering? Read This First

Hinton Human Capital wants your disaster volunteering effort to go smoothly and safely. Here are some practical tips to follow before you are mobilized :

  1. Know the volunteer organization: Disaster Volunteering organizations want to be known for their good work. If you have never heard of the organization and the government agencies in charge of recovery have never heard of them, it may not be a good use of your time. To get started correctly, use the Citizens Corps.gov or the National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) websites to find volunteer organizations authorized to respond to federal disaster areas.
  2. Verify your transportation and sleeping arrangements: Transportation and shelter are valued commodities in a disaster area. Make sure that you can travel safely and have a warm, safe place to sleep. Some volunteers make the mistake of just showing up and end up in less than ideal conditions. Not a good experience.
  3. Bring weather appropriate clothes that you can get dirty: I can guarantee some of your work clothes will be ruined after a few days from dirt and sweat. Make sure you have clothes and shoes which enable you able to work outside for long periods of time in relative comfort. Hats, socks and gloves are especially important.
  4. Have the right communication gear: Has your cell phone battery died and you left your charger at home? That is why having the right gear is important. Disaster areas may not have electrical power and a hand crank cell phone charger maybe a good way to keep your phone and other electronic gear charged.
  5. Don't Be Afraid to Network: It is always a good thing to build meaningful and beneficial business and personal relationships for the future. 

Don't forget to read our article: "Disaster Relief Jobs Update: FEMA Calls For Volunteers" .Thank you for volunteering your time and effort to help those in need.


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