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Posted on: September 1, 2017

Hurricane Harvey – How can I help? Read on….


Office of the

County Administrator

150 South Main Street

Lexington, Virginia 24450

Phone: (540) 463-4361

www.co.rockbridge.va.us






NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release – August 31, 2017

Contact:   Spencer H. Suter, County Administrator

                  (540) 463-1460

 

HELPING HURRICANE HARVEY VICTIMS

With the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, many residents of our community are seeking ways in which they can help our fellow Americans who have been impacted.  Listed below is information provided by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), in an effort to provide the most efficient means of channeling resources to the areas they are most needed.  

To Donate to Relief Efforts

The most effective way to support communities impacted by the storms is to donate money and time to trusted, reputable non-profit charitable organizations. More information is provided below.

Cash donations offer these non-profit agencies flexibility to address urgent needs. These organizations can obtain needed resources nearer to the disaster location, not only getting needed supplies to those rebuilding after the storm but also providing economic aid that helps local businesses from which these emergency supplies are purchased to recover faster.

Do not donate unsolicited goods such as used clothing, household items, medicine, or perishable foodstuffs. When used personal items are donated, the helping agencies must redirect their staff away from providing direct services to survivors in order to sort, package, transport, warehouse and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.

Donate through a trusted organization. At the national level, many voluntary-, faith- and community-based organizations are active in disasters and are trusted ways to donate to disaster survivors. Individuals, corporations, and volunteers can learn more about how to help on the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) website. https://www.nvoad.org/

In addition, the Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Texas VOAD) has a list of vetted disaster relief organizations providing services to survivors. Texas VOAD represents more than three dozen faith-based, community, non-profit and non-governmental organizations.  https://www.nvoad.org/voad-members/national-members/

To Volunteer in the Disaster Areas

  • Texas is asking volunteers not to self-deploy. Unexpected volunteers showing up will create an additional burden for first responders. The National VOAD says the situation may not be conducive to volunteers entering the impacted zone and individuals may find themselves turned away by law enforcement.

For additional information, please feel free to contact the Rockbridge County Department of Fire and Rescue at (540) 463-1467.

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