FEMA Urges Volunteers to Work Through Organizations

7 years 4 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, May 31 2011 May 31, 2011 Tuesday, May 31, 2011 8:36:00 PM CDT May 31, 2011 in News
By: Jon Straub
loading

COLUMBIA - The Federal Emergency Management Agency urges those trying to help with the disaster relief effort in Joplin to work through recognized disaster relief organizations.

Everyone should go through organizations like the American Red Cross and the United Way not only because they are reliable but because it helps structure the relief efforts as well. Those who are not volunteering or donating through such organizations might actually slow down the efforts.

Some donated goods have begun to go bad before they can even be distributed to victims, and volunteers not working through organizations create unecessary work, as relief workers in Joplin will have to stop what they're doing to find jobs for and supervise the volunteers.

F.E.M.A. and the United Way said donating money to disaster relief organizations is the most beneficial way to help the relief effort. This is because money can be used for whatever need arises.

Volunteering your time is the next best thing you can do. Once again, it is important to work through a recognized disaster relief organization. This helps to make sure volunteers are prepared for what they will do for the relief and to keep track of the volunteers as they work in possibly dangerous situations.

Organizations need volunteers not only for the current effort in Joplin, but for other efforts down the road.

Executive Director of the Heart of Missouri United Way, Tim Rich, said, "We need you now, but it may be that if you can go down and volunteer in a month, or in sixty days, or six months from now, there are still going to be needs there that need to be met. And we need that kind of long-term committment."

"The reality is for Joplin, this is going to be a 1 to 2 year or longer rebuilding effort."

The last way to help is by donating goods as they are needed for the relief effort. Many goods have already been sent to Joplin, but volunteers are having a hard time storing and using all they have been given to this point.

It's best for those willing to donate goods to do so through an organization that can inform them of what they need and when they need it.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department investigated a shots heard call on Tuesday evening. The incident happened at the... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 10:03:00 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Neighborhood Watch recently secured funding for next year. The Columbia City Council awarded them this money... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8:17:00 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Burrell Behavioral Health introduced a medicine-first approach to its facilities in Missouri’s central region to help clients with... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 6:40:00 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia woman will be collecting items to transport down to Florida in order to help the recovery... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 6:40:00 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Despite a wide gap in their campaign finances, Sen. Claire McCaskill and Josh Hawley remain locked in a... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 6:20:00 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri vehicle owners will be getting new red, white and blue license plates to commemorate the... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 5:48:00 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – A New York man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts of attempting to produce child pornography.... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 4:21:00 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Jerome Sally, a Hickman High School assistant principal, is suing Columbia Public Schools as a result of "systemic... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 3:23:00 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe made a stop in Columbia Tuesday to campaign for Proposition D, the gas tax... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 1:28:00 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Royal Inn manager said Tuesday the maintenance team was beginning renovations when the building's second-floor walkway came... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 1:25:00 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A federal judge sent the lawsuit over Kenneth Suttner's death back to circuit court on Friday after... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 1:01:17 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- The problem of unsolicited robocalls has gotten so bad that... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 11:19:50 AM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Kansas woman connected to a deadly car crash in Boone County has been sentenced to five years... More >>
14 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 10:27:00 AM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Boonville man will spend the next decade in prison after pleading guilty to a deadly 2017 shooting.... More >>
14 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 10:13:00 AM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
CALIFORNIA - A former employee in the Russellville and California school districts pleaded guilty Friday to having sexual contact with... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8:43:00 AM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Water levels on the Mississippi River are dropping north of St. Louis after high waters forced... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8:38:00 AM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A man will spend the next nine years in prison after pleading guilty to a deadly November 2017... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8:37:36 AM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri State Treasurer’s Office put out a warning monday about a tax scam attempt. According... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8:12:00 AM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 49°
1am 44°
2am 43°
3am 42°
4am 40°