Volunteering for Hurricane Sandy Disaster Recovery?
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There are an enormous number of people who want to volunteer for the Hurricane Sandy Recovery efforts. We want to make sure that your Hurricane Sandy Recovery effort goes smoothly and safely. Here are some practical tips to follow before volunteering:
- Know the volunteer organization: Volunteer 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 universal car charger maybe a good way to keep you in touch with local authorities. A walkie talkie with rechargeable batteries is also a good idea if cell phone service is out.
Important Hurricane Sandy Disaster Recovery Website
- The 8 Hottest Hurricane Sandy Recovery Jobs Right Now (hintonhumancapital.com)
- SBA Stands Ready to Assist New Jersey Residents Affected by Hurricane Sandy (environmental-expert.com)
- Apps Get You Through Disaster (foxnews.com)
- Responding to Hurricane Sandy (environmental-expert.com)
- Resources to help in Hurricane Sandy’s cleanup (constitutioncenter.org)
- FEMA to open N.J. disaster centers to help Hurricane Sandy victims (nj.com)
- How to Help the Survivors of Hurricane Sandy (whitehouse.gov)
- New Sandy Disaster Recovery Jobs Posted (hintonhumancapital.com)