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"Prepare. Respond. Recover. It's time to get Ready LA" - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Helping outÖ itís what we all try to do in times of disaster In cases such as these, non-profit organizations are often on the front line. They are among the first to mobilize and to provide relief for those in need. If you and your loved ones require immediate assistance, check with non-profit groups in your area for a variety of services that can help you and your family to survive a disaster as well as stay clothed, fed and sheltered in the days that follow


Forms of assistance

There are many different types of non-profit groups, each with its own operating style and guidelines for assistance. Generally here are the primary things that they can provide:

  • Rescue
  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Transportation
  • Blankets and Supplies
  • Extra Clothing
  • Insurance Advice and Disaster Information
  • Crisis Counseling

You can help to

You’ve made phone calls, you’ve searched the Internet, asked around and finally found a non-profit group to help you out of a very tough situation. You know what they can do for you, but have you thought about what you can do for them? Well, the easiest answer is, “Make it as easy for them as possible.” That means cooperating in any way you can and remembering a few basic rules of courtesy and common sense. Here are a few things that will improve your experience and theirs.

  • Bring any relevant documentation with you, such as insurance information or identification.
  • Answer any of their questions completely and honestly. They are trying to help you.
  • Let your non-profit aid group know about any medications you must take or any special medical necessities or accommodations that you or others with you require.
  • Be as clear and brief as possible about the specific services you are requesting.
  • Fill out all forms that you are asked to complete.
  • Be patient and understanding; they have many other people to care for as well.

Getting down to business

Everyone needs an ally in an emergency situation. For non-profits, that ally is often the business sector, which can help mobilize relief efforts with money, contacts and other key support. It’s important for non-profit groups to form solid partnerships with the business community. To ensure that you get adequate assistance from the business sector, here are some key points to remember.

  • Voice your specific needs.
  • Rely upon business expertise.
  • Work together with businesses as a team.
  • Develop emergency response plans.
  • Create a coordinated volunteer training program.
  • Work with other partner organizations.

Groups to contact

You never have to be alone in emergency situations. Below is a list of local non-profit groups that are always ready and willing to help when a disaster strikes. Why not check out some of the websites now so that you’ll know the ones that are best for you, should the need arise.

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