Upper West Side CERT

How You Can Help in the Haiti Relief Effort

Upper West Side CERT is posting this information almost verbatim from our colleagues at OEM (Office of Emergency Management).

Haiti earthquake

REUTERS/ReutersTV, courtesy of Alertnet.org

As with any major emergency, we encourage anyone wishing to contribute to relief efforts to give cash to disaster relief organizations such as Network for Good. You may also donate through the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, which will direct contributions to organizations working in the affected areas.

Making a financial contribution to a volunteer agency involved in disaster relief is often the most sensible and efficient way of helping people in need after a disaster:

  • Relief agencies will often spend the money in the local disaster area thus helping the local economy get back on its feet.
  • Cash donations avoid the complicated, costly, and time-consuming process of collecting, sorting, packing, transporting, unloading, resorting, storing, repackaging, and distributing donated goods.
  • Cash donations allow relief agencies to make purchases that precisely meet victims’ needs or to provide vouchers for people to purchase what they need.
  • Cash donations to recognized relief organizations are tax deductible.

Please let us know about relief efforts happening in your community so that we can fine tune our relief network in NYC.

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One Comment

  1. Nan A. Canter
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    24 hours after the Haitian earthquake.
    I listen to a US missionary complain to CNN that there has been no assistance from the US Embassy and the ambassador is 2 1/2 hours late! (Give me a break!)
    “What do you need?” reporter asks

    “Water, food,shelter” he responds.
    .
    “Where’s my GO BAG?” I think. I turn on the light in the hall closet and rumage through the boots. Not a good start. But its there.
    OK. Water,energy bar,flashlight – YES
    Mylar blanket – NO
    Battery for my flash light – NO
    OOPS – “Better reorganize!”
    I AM CERT AND I AM NOT READY, NY