2012 News

Hurricane Isaac: Donations and Volunteers–How to Help

August 31, 2012

Remember “Cash is Best”

Financial contributions to voluntary agencies can be used to purchase specific needed items on scene which helps the local economy and prevents voluntary partners from having to transport items at great expense. See the links below to donate cash to the active voluntary agencies working in the state of your choice.

Collecting Goods Is Not Favored

Clothing, household items, and food are best provided by well-funded voluntary agencies and not through the expensive process of collecting, sorting, packaging, transporting, receiving, sorting, and distributing of goods. But if you do host a collection, know the facts: (1) what is needed, (2) where it is needed, (3) who will receive and distribute it, and (4) how they want it packaged and shipped. Speak to voluntary agencies working the disaster to determine what the specific needs are before you collect. Better yet, post an offer of goods at the links provided below for the state of your choice. Voluntary partners and emergency management will review your offer and advise you if it is needed.

Volunteering Your Time

The best way to volunteer after disaster is through affiliating with a recognized disaster-related voluntary agency. Unconnected volunteers who show up at disaster sites are called “spontaneous unaffiliated volunteers” and often require the support of already busy agencies and officials. It’s better to volunteer through an organization, a church, or at a minimum, by connecting with the volunteer coordination offices in the state of your choice.

To donate or volunteer, go to one of these state sites:

  • Alabama (Link inactive)
  • Arkansas (Link inactive)
  • Florida (Link inactive)
  • Louisiana (Link inactive)
  • Mississippi (Link inactive)
  • Texas (Link inactive)

For more information:

FEMA Region IV (FL, AL, MS) FEMA Region VI (TX, LA)
Larry Buckner Mark Davis
Donations Specialist Donations Specialist
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Gov. Perdue Declares State of Emergency for 24 Western Counties Winter Storm Bringing Strong Winds and Heavy Snow

Real-time Situational Map of Sandy Stormtrack, Shelters, and Declarations

Governor Perdue Declares State of Emergency for Eastern Counties

North Carolina Residents Urged to Prepare for Hurricane Sandy

(September 5, 2012) August 25th Flooding in Roanoke Rapids. Governor Perdue requested a disaster declaration by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Recovering from Irene: One Year Later
(August 24, 2012) News release from the NC Department of Public Safety

NC Baptist Men stayed until the job was done
(August 24, 2012) Article in the Island Free Press