Natural disasters are widespread and devastating. Unfortunately, response and relief efforts take time. It can take days and weeks to fully assess the situation; and a month later, the priorities may look very different. In fact, some of the greatest need may be several months after the disaster occurs, as first responders have moved on from the initial relief efforts. Recovery is a long-term process.
As you consider what can be done to support victims of the Alabama tornado, you might ask these questions:
- What are the greatest needs of the affected communities?
- Is the organization you might support on the ground at the disaster site or are they partnering with a local organization?
- What are the organization’s core competencies: medical, logistics, search/rescue/recovery, food, housing, education, resettlement, etc.? And, do those capabilities match the greatest needs created by this particular disaster?
- Do these capabilities align with your foundation’s priorities?
Alabama Tornado Disaster Relief
Multiple tornadoes have ravaged the Southeast with particular impact in Georgia and Lee County, Alabama. Twenty-three deaths have been reported and search and rescue efforts continue. Understanding the full effects of these tornadoes will take some time, but efforts to help the victims in the region are underway.
Foundation Source clients are always eager to offer support during natural disasters. Here are some organizations that are commencing their support efforts:
- American Red Cross
- Convoy of Hope
- Salvation Army
- Greater Peace Baptist Church (perishable supplies)
- Goree’s Furniture (accepting furniture donations)
- Beulah High School (supplies)
- Southern Souls Animal League (shelter and homes for animals)
General Resources for Disaster Relief