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AFP Disaster Relief and Fundraising Efforts Page (Updated December 5, 2016)

In 2010, Haiti was hit by a massive earthquake. In response to the critical and overwhelming challenges that the country faced, AFP put together this Disaster Relief and Fundraising Efforts Page. This page is not meant to be comprehensive, but simply an easy way that members can keep up to date with ongoing and recent disaster relief efforts. We know that we have many members who work for organizations involved in the relief efforts. If you don't see a resource or organization listed here and would like it posted, please email the AFP Webmaster (webmaster@afpnet.org).


Southeastern United States Wildfires (Gatlinburg) - October-December 2016

The 2016 Southeastern United States wildfires are a series of wildfires in the Southeastern United States beginning in October and continuing through November and December.

  • The Tellico Fire in North Carolina began October 23, 2016 in Swain County, North Carolina and had burned over 14,000 acres as of November 18, 2016. The Boteler Fire in Clay County, North Carolina began October 25 and had burned 8,900 acres as of November 18.
  • The Party Rock Fire in North Carolina began November 5, 2016 and as of November 18 has burned 7,200 acres and resulted in the evacuation of 1000 people in the areas of Bat Cave, Chimney Rock and Lake Lure. People were allowed to return to Chimney Rock on November 21, 10 days after they left.
  • The Rough Ridge fire in the Cohutta Wilderness of Georgia, believed to have started from a lightning strike October 16, 2016, had burned almost 28,000 acres by November 20, 2016, making it one of the largest fires ever in Georgia, and the largest current fire in the United States, and resulting in an air quality alert in Atlanta. The Rock Mountain fire was about 10,500 acres as of November 20, 2016 and caused the evacuation of Dream Catcher Cover north of Tate City, Georgia.
  • As of November 17, 2016, Tennessee Division of Forestry reported 64 fires that had burned 17,734 acres. The largest was in Morgan County in the White Oak Circle area covered about 1900 acres but was contained. Another on Neddy Mountain in Cocke County had burned 1,116 acres but was mostly contained.
  • On November 28, the Chimney 2 fire started in the Chimney Tops of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With the aid of strong winds and dry conditions, the fire quickly broke into multiple fires and spread across the mountains above and around Gatlinburg, Tennessee. By the evening hours the fire had reached the downtown area of Gatlinburg, resulting in the evacuation of over 14,000 people, along with causing damage in and around the town. As of December 5, the Gatlinburg wildfires are known to have claimed at least 14 lives.

Donation/Support Efforts:

• The American Red Cross continues to operate emergency shelters in Sevier County in TN and is asking monetary donations be made by visiting redcross.org/donate, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Kroger is joining forces with the East Tennessee Chapter of the American Red Cross to provide aid to those affected by the Smoky Mountain Fires. All monies collected will be forwarded directly to the East Tennessee Chapter of the American Red Cross. The company will also make a $10,000 corporate contribution to the relief efforts. To make a donation, Kroger customers can simply add any amount they wish to their total purchase at time of checkout.

• An updated (12/5) listing of local and county relief efforts in the Gatlinburg area can be found here.


Hurricanes Matthew & Nicole - October 2016

Hurricane Matthew was an extremely powerful, long-lived and deadly tropical cyclone which became the first Category 5 Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Felix in 2007. The thirteenth named storm, fifth hurricane and second major hurricane of the active 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, Matthew was a long-lasting tropical cyclone that wrought widespread destruction and catastrophic loss of life during its journey across the Western Atlantic, including parts of the southeastern United States, having earlier impacted Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Republic and The Bahamas.

At least 1,039 deaths have been attributed to the storm, including 1,000 in Haiti, 1 in Colombia, 4 in the Dominican Republic, 1 in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and 33 in the United States, making it the deadliest Atlantic hurricane since Stan in 2005, which killed more than 1,600 in Central America and Mexico. With the storm causing damages estimated in excess of US$5 billion, it was also the costliest Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Hurricane Nicole is currently a strong tropical cyclone moving away from the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda. It is the first major hurricane to directly impact or make landfall on the island since Hurricane Fabian in 2003. The storm's approach to Bermuda forced schools, businesses, and government offices to close, while flight, bus, and ferry services were interrupted. On October 13, the eye of Category 3 Hurricane Nicole passed over Bermuda, producing damaging winds.

Donation Support/Efforts for Haiti and Affected Carribean Nations:

The Center for International Disaster Information has compiled a list of non-governmental organizations that are responding in Haiti. To see the full list, go here.

International Red Cross - Over 3,000 volunteers and staff of the Red Cross in Haiti have been mobilized to aid communities in the path of powerful Hurricane Matthew and are prepared to deliver first aid and other medical care, clean water and sanitation and shelter assistance. Donate here.

• In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, the Canadian Red Cross is supporting affected communities by ensuring that people in Haiti continue to have access to essential health services in the difficult days and weeks ahead.

Food For The Poor expects to eventually send nearly two million pounds of rice to alleviate the food scarcity issues which Hurricane Matthew is going to cause. Donate here.

The Salvation Army is mobilizing resources and personnel to assist with the international relief effort in Haiti and Jamaica. Donate here.

UNICEF - The United Nation's Children's Fund is dedicated to helping children. Donate here to support its Matthew relief efforts.

Save the Children is helping children and families with emergency assistance. Donate here.

CARE plans to provide clean drinking water, food assistance and emergency supplies such as tarps for shelter, blankets and hygiene kits, according to a press release. Donate here.

Catholic Relief Services is ready to move personnel, and transport and deliver relief items to Haiti. Donate here.

Stop Hunger Now will be distributed to 1,200 households in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. The meals are being provided as part of the relief efforts of its partner, Haiti Outreach Ministries To help Stop Hunger Now respond to disasters around the globe, please consider making a donation to its Global Emergency Relief Fund.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has worked in Haiti for years and is actively involved in responding to communities devastated by the latest hurricane.

Living Water International has served in Haiti since 2004 and its team of 34 Haitian staff is assisting in relief efforts.

3to5Days will be working in Haiti to help ensure the population has access to safe drinking water. They have portable water filters to help with immediate needs, and also train Haitians on well water repair and building.

International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region is mobilizing community health distributors and mobile clinics in the most affected areas and deploying a more comprehensive response in Haiti.

Bahamas Habitat is a US nonprofit providing disaster relief in the Caribbean gearing up to deliver supplies in The Bahamas working with Bahamian agencies.

Plan International
Partners in Health
Hope worldwide
World Vision
Operation Blessing International

Mercy Corp's Humanitarian Response Fund
Direct Relief
GlobeGiving
International Medical Corps
Concern Worldwide
Handicap International
Episcopal Relief & Development
Partners in Health
Circle of Health International
Church World Service

VisionTrust
L’Arche Canada Foundation
Hope for Haiti
Lutheran World Relief
Haiti Perspectives
United Methodist Committee on Relief
Timkatec
Global Aid Network (GAiN)
Haiti Medial Mission
LiveBeyond


Donation Support/Efforts for United States:

• The Center for International Disaster Information has compiled a list of non-governmental organizations that are responding in Florida. To see the full list, go here.

• The American Red Cross was getting ready for a massive multi-state response to the hurricane. More than 500 disaster workers and 90 response vehicles are standing by in Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, the Red Cross said. Donate here or donate $10 by texting 90999.

The Salvation Army is also responding to Hurricane Matthew in the United States, and is currently prepared to serve 100,000 meals across Florida.


Volunteer Florida has established a volunteer registration link for those interested in assisting Floridians after Hurricane Matthew. Register here to volunteer.

Food for the Poor is asking for canned food, canned milk, canned meat and money. You can go to the Food for the Poor website and make a donation and they will buy and ship supplies there.

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue has deployed a team to South Carolina and has already taken in animals from residents who had to evacuate their homes and were not able to take their companion animals with them.

The Humane Society of the United States conveyed preparedness messaging and transported shelter animals out of South Carolina to make room for pets impacted by Hurricane Matthew to be housed in the state. The HSUS brought 57 dogs to the Washington area where they were transferred to placement partner groups to be put up for adoption. The HSUS has offered assistance to other jurisdictions and is on standby to help with additional needs following the storm.

 

 

Central Italy Earthquate - August 24, 2016

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit Central Italy on August 24, 2016, at 03:36 CEST (01:36 GMT), close to Norcia, 47 miles southeast of Perugia and 28 miles north of L'Aquila, in an area near the tripoint of the Umbria, Lazio, and Marche regions. The initial earthquake was followed by at least 40 strong aftershocks. Early reports indicate severe damage in the town of Amatrice, near the epicenter and in Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto.The tremor and a number of aftershocks were felt across large parts of central Italy, including Rome, Naples, and Florence. As of 4 September 2016, 296 people have been killed.This was the largest tremor in the region since 2009, when an earthquake near L'Aquila in the Abruzzo region killed more than 300 people and left about 65,000 people homeless.

The following relief efforts are now underway. We will update this page as we learn more. Know of additional efforts? Let us know at webmaster@afpnet.org.

Donation Support/Efforts:

• The Italian Red Cross was one of the first relief organizations to respond to impacted areas, sifting through rubble to find those trapped and injured. The organization dispatched 20 emergency vehicles to affected areas to provide on-the-ground emergency care. Volunteers are also aiding in search-and-rescue efforts with the help of detection dogs. The Italian Red Cross says it will continuously monitor the situation to provide the aid needed most. Locals can donate here and the international community can donate here.

• Nonprofit organization Global Giving is collecting donations to help fund grassroots relief efforts in the region. Global Giving will distribute donations to local organizations working to provide survivors with essentials, such as food, water and medicine, in addition to long-term recovery needs. The nonprofit believes that local relief groups are often in the best position to provide the most comprehensive support for victims' families and survivors. To donate to the fund, visit here.

• International animal rescue group OIPA International has dispatched volunteers to heavily impacted areas, performing rescue operations to save animals trapped in the ruins. The organization is also rounding up animals roaming the area, treating them for any injuries and providing temporary shelter. To learn how to donate to the organization's efforts, visit here.

AVIS, the main blood donation organization in Italy, has issued an urgent appeal for blood donations—especially for citizens in Rome, which wasn't directly hit by the quake but is still close to the impacted area. Potential donors are asked to visit the nearest hospital or AVIS location to give, if their personal situation is stable.

ShelterBox, a disaster relief charity that distributes boxes that include items like tents, tools, blankets, water purification systems and coloring books, is accepting donations and is heading to Italy to assist in relief efforts.

Donations are also being accepted by the La Stampa emergency fund. Specify that you want your gift to go to "Fund 597 Earthquake in Central Italy," or "Fondo 597 Terremoto Centro Italia."



Louisiana Floods - August 2016

The 2016 Louisiana floods started on August 12 following an abundance of rainfall in South Louisiana, resulting in the loss of thousands of homes. Governor John Bel Edwards called the disaster a "historic, unprecedented flooding event" and declared a state of emergency. Many rivers and waterways, particularly the Amite and Comite rivers, reached record levels and rainfall exceeded 20 inches in multiple parishes. Due to the large number of homeowners without flood insurance that were affected, the federal government is helping with the response through FEMA.

The following relief efforts are now underway. We will update this page as we learn more. Know of additional efforts? Let us know at webmaster@afpnet.org.

Donation Support/Efforts:

• The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, despite dealing with 4½ feet of flood waters in our Baton Rouge facility, is distributing food and essential supplies to thousands of people severely impacted by this tragic event. It is operating from a temporary warehouse and distributing food through our member agencies and Mobile Pantries in affected neighborhoods throughout our 11-parish service area. Donations are gratefully accepted to help in the recovery and relief efforts.

• The Salvation Army, which is dealing with flooding at its Baton Rouge facility, is helping thousands of residents who were forced to evacuate their homes. The organization is assisting with disaster relief resources such as canteens (mobile feeding units), clean up and hygiene kits and sending support personnel to the affected areas. You can volunteer or donate money to the Salvation Army's Gulf Coast fund to help the cause.

• The American Red Cross in Louisiana is providing meals and dozens of shelters for residents needing a safe place to sleep. You can contribute financially to the cause by selecting "Louisiana Floods" from the drop-down menu. You can also text the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. If you would like to volunteer, you can fill out an application.

Louisiana Strong is a GoFundMe campaign that will distribute toiletry care packages and other as-needed essentials to victims and first responders.

• Cleanup efforts have already begun, and Operation Blessing International is deploying volunteers with a construction trailer to help residents in the recovery efforts. The organization is also providing hot meals.

• Also accepting people willing to assist in the response and recovery efforts is Volunteer Louisiana.

• The United Way invites you to help flood relief efforts by volunteering or making a donation through the United Way of Southeast Louisiana. Citizens in need of services should dial 211, which is a hotline operating 24/7.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans & Acadiana is distributing thousands of pounds of food, water and supplies to flood victims.

Convoy of Hope is providing food, water, equipment and relief supplies to southern Louisiana. Please indicate you want the money donated to go towards the Louisiana August 2016 flood relief efforts.

• Save the Children deployed an emergency response team to Baton Rouge to establish specialized spaces within emergency shelters where children's unique needs can be met. To support their efforts, you can donate to the Gulf Coast Floods Children's Relief Fund.



West Virginia Flood - June 2016

On June 23, 2016, a devastating flood hit areas of the U.S. state of West Virginia and nearby parts of Virginia, resulting in at least 23 deaths. The flood has been called a 1 in 1,000 year event for the area. The flooding was the result of 8 to 10 inches of rain falling over a period of only a few hours, and resulted in the third-deadliest flood in the history of West Virginia, after only the Buffalo Creek flood of 1972 and the Election day floods of 1985. It is also the deadliest flash flood event in the United States since the 2010 Tennessee floods.

The following relief efforts are now underway. We will update this page as we learn more. Know of additional efforts? Let us know at webmaster@afpnet.org.

News:

“Two men who were presumed dead when their camper was swept away in rushing waters during the West Virginia floods have been found alive, officials said Monday as the rain-soaked state braced for another round of heavy rains.”
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/flood-ravaged-west-virginia-expecting-rain-40153942

President Barack Obama declared a major disaster for West Virginia and ordered federal aid to affected individuals in Kanawha, Greenbrier and Nicholas counties that could include grants for temporary housing, repairs and other programs.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/west-virginia-flooding_us_577129fbe4b0dbb1bbbb0f0a

A family is asking for donations from the public as they work to provide disaster relief to flood victims in West Virginia.
http://counton2.com/2016/06/27/cleanup-efforts-continue-after-deadly-flooding-in-west-virginia/

Crews Rescue the Stranded in West Virginia Flooding
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/crews-rescue-stranded-west-virginia-flooding-23-dead-40123548

As West Virginia residents brace for more rain today in the wake of the state's historic flooding, ABC News spoke to one man who rescued his neighbors after flooding tore through their block.
http://abcnews.go.com/US/west-virginia-man-house-house-rescuing-neighbors-flooding/story?id=40158127

Since Thursday, devastating floods have hit West Virginia, covering a large portion of the state. The American Red Cross is there, helping people impacted by the floodwaters.
http://www.redcross.org/news/article/West-Virginia-Floods-Affects-Hundreds-Red-Cross-Responds

Donation Support/Efforts:

• Red Cross Donation - http://www.redcross.org/donations/ways-to-donate
• West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in a Disaster - https://wvvoad.communityos.org/cms/home
• WVU Donation Center - https://iserve.wvu.edu/aem/general/event/?doc_id=3128
• Greenbrier County Donation List - http://www.greenbrier.com/neighbors


Fort McMurray Wildfire  (Alberta, Canada) - May 2016

On May 1, 2016, a wildfire began southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. On May 3, it swept through the community, destroying more than 2,400 homes and buildings and forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta's history. The fire continues to spread across northeast Alberta, and has impacted Canada's oil sand operations. The Government of Alberta declared a provincial state of emergency for Fort McMurray. The wildfire may become the costliest disaster in Canadian history.

The following relief efforts are now underway. We will update this page as we learn more. Know of additional efforts? Let us know at webmaster@afpnet.org.

News:

AFP Blog: Coming Together for the Profession, the Community

Out of control fire threatens Oil Sands facilities forcing evacuation

Canada Post offers free mail forwarding services to those displaced by the fire

Man who stays behind in Ft. McMurray offers evacuated residents a glimpse into how their property is holding up

• Over the past week, Fort McMurray fire chief Darby Allen has become a recognizable face and voice across the nation, his tired eyes and lilting accent recognizable to everyone following the wildfire devastating his community.

Oil sands producers are helping their Fort McMurray employees forced from their homes by the northern Alberta wildfire with access to an array of emergency financial supports, including loans, per diems and, in some cases, sizable lump-sum payments.

The blaze has officially moved north, displacing more and more residents

A video update sponsored by the Albertan Government detailing the events of the past weeks with a video for each day.

“Nova Scotians donate truckloads of goods to people displaced by Fort McMurray wildfires”
Volunteers unloaded and sorted through three truckloads of bagged donations Monday evening for the tens of thousands of people displaced by wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alta. “What you’ve gone through is a tragedy, and we hope that you guys can basically get back on your feet with our assistance. We’re here for you and, if something happens to us, we hope you’re here for us,” said Nathaniel Gorman, a volunteer.

“Red Cross donations for ft. McMurray Fire Evacuees exceed $60 million”
The Notley government and the Canadian Red Cross will be distributing emergency relief funding to everyone who had to evacuate Fort McMurray beginning Wednesday afternoon, officials announced. The Premier made the announcement that the pre-loaded debit cards, which provide $1,250 per adult and $500 for every child under the age of 18, will be distributed starting Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at the evacuation centres.

“Food, Fuel, and a place to stay: Outpouring of support follows McMurray Fire”
People are doing everything they can to help those affected by the ravaging fire. All across social media, people are showing support, with offers of food and water, clothing, fuel, and a place for families and their pets to stay. The domestic and commercial delivery service Big D’s Delivery has been supplying residents with food, water, and fuel.

“90% of the City Saved”
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says about 2,400 structures have been lost, but almost 25,000 have been saved, including the hospital, municipal buildings and every functioning school. Much of the downtown and water treatment plant are also intact.

“Fort McMurray Fire Sees An Outpouring of help from Canadian Businesses”
A natural disaster like the massive fire in Fort McMurray brings destruction and heartache — but it can also bring out the best in people who want to help. Businesses from across Canada have stepped up to support those affected by the wildfire, whether that means a contribution to the Red Cross, or donations of food and shelter.

Twitter:

“Alberta announces emergency funding for Fort McMurray evacuees”

Trending Hashtags: #ymmfire

Donation Support/Efforts:

Red Cross Fire Appeals (All donations are being matched by the Gov. of Canada)
Salvation Army Fire Appeals
United Way Fort McMurray
Save the children Fire Appeals
• Helping Humane Societies: Calgary | Edmonton
AFP Edmonton & Area Chapter List of Services and Resources


Disaster Relief Organizations

ActionAid
Adventist Development and Relief Organization
American Jewish World Service
American Red Cross
AmeriCares
ammado
Baptist World Alliance
Brethren Disaster Ministries
Campus Crusade for Christ
CARE
Catholic Relief Services
Church World Service
Direct Relief International
Doctors Without Borders
Food for the Poor
Free the Kids.org
Global Aid Network (GAiN)
Greengrants.org
Habitat for Humanity International
Heart to Heart International
HOPE Worldwide, Ltd 
Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach
International Medical Corps
International Orthodox Christian Charities
International Red Cross
International Relief and Development
International Relief Teams

JustGive.org
• LifeLine Christian Mission
Loma Linda University
Lutheran World Relief
Mercy Corps
Mercy Ships
National Credit Union Foundation

Operation USA
Oxfam International
Partners in Health
Plan International USA
Rotary International
Salvation Army
Samaritan's Purse
Save the Children
Save the Children - Canada
Shelterbox
Solar Cookers International
Soroptimist International of the Americas
SOS Children’s Villages-USA
Trees, Water and People
UNICEF
United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries
United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund
World Concern
World Food Programme
World Vision

Fundraising Resources

Disaster Response Checklist Available at No Cost to Nonprofits, Donors & Governments
Doing more measurable good and no harm with disaster response dollars is a challenge amid the chaos and confusion following a disaster.
Now available is a practical Checklist for well considered planning, implementation, evaluation and training. It's based on debriefings and on the literature of what works and what doesn't.

"Lessons Learned from Haiti" - Free Web Seminar Series on Rapid Response Fundraising
Blackbaud, Inc. is offering a free web seminar series to help nonprofits build strategies for mobilizing, soliciting, and stewarding supporters during and after times of disaster. Blackbaud nonprofit experts and partners developed the seminars based on their work with nonprofits that are involved in Haiti relief efforts. The free series, entitled "Lessons Learned from Haiti," includes five seminars that will kick-off on March 11 and will continue through May.

[Video] Center for Strategic & International Studies: Toward More Effective Disaster Philanthropy

Center for Disaster Philanthropy: Basic Tips for Disaster Giving

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Building Disaster-Ready Philanthropy
Reacting in the wake of a disaster isn’t wrong, but think of the difference a proactive funding strategy could make.

Disaster Relief - Resources for Charities and Contributors
In the aftermath of a disaster or in other emergency hardship situations, individuals, employers and corporations often are interested in providing assistance to victims through a charitable organization. The IRS provides a number of resources to help those involved in providing disaster relief through charities. (IRS.gov
)

Red Cross’ Innovative Communications Response
I wanted to tip my hat to the American Red Cross for its immediate and creative communications strategy on the situation in Haiti and fundraising for relief efforts. (Nancy E. Schwartz – Getting Attention blog)

Disaster Philanthropy Playbook: Lessons Learned

Stanford PACS: Recap | Philanthropy Summit 2015

The Future of Philanthropy: A Tour of Innovation in Philanthropy Today

The DOs and DON'Ts of Disaster Donations
Good intentions sometimes are not enough. This article offers an honest conversation about the impact of aid.

Why People Give During Disasters
The perceived credibility of a disaster-relief organization matters quite a bit, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Twente in The Netherlands.

 

Social Media

• The ONE Blog has comprehensive updates on the situation.
• Updated information and general ways to help during disasters can be found at USAID.

 



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