How to Volunteer After a Hurricane

After the devastation that Hurricane Harvey caused in Houston, Texas and now Irma in Florida, Americans came together to donate millions of dollars towards the relief efforts. While donating money is very helpful, some people prefer to volunteer their time to help those in need.

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About 30,000 people took to public shelters during Harvey, and half a million residents were forced to seek disaster assistance. In both storms, the Federal Management Agency (FEMA) were brought in to assist with recovery relief efforts, but many area residents also donated their time to help others.

In addition to donating your time or money, you can also donate supplies to those in need or give blood for those injured during the hurricane. Unfortunately, scammers often take advantage of natural disasters, so be sure to check out the organization you are donating to before you do so.

It’s best to have some basic training when it comes to volunteering your time and helping out. Even if you don’t, you can still lend a helping hand to those in need. If you don’t know where to go, start with reputable and recognizable organizations such as the American Red Cross. You can also visit sites like Volunteer Match and to find local volunteer opportunities.

After major hurricanes, there are plenty of ways to help by volunteering. If you have any medical training you can assist those who suffered illnesses or injuries during the storm. The rebuilding efforts also provide many ways to help out. For example, if you have any construction skills, there will be plenty of opportunities to help families rebuild their homes.

Alufab USA is dedicated to helping Fort Myers residents be prepared for hurricanes and protect their homes and families. If you have any questions about volunteering or protecting your home from hurricanes, feel free to give us a call at 239-226-4872.