Dear Campus Community,
Over the past several days, we have seen devastation and catastrophic flooding in communities in Texas. This has been heartbreaking to witness, and our thoughts continue to be with the communities and people impacted by this devastating tragedy.
During this time of crisis and tragedy, members of the NC State community are searching for ways to engage with and support impacted communities in Texas. We want to provide you with resources and avenues to responsibly be in service with and to others, in response to the greatest needs of affected communities.
We also want to share some reminders about what to do when disaster strikes our community – whether locally, nationally, or globally:
Right now, what most communities need is cash, not items. Cash provides organizations and volunteer agencies the most flexibility to obtain the most-needed resources, and helps redistribute money into the local economy to help businesses recover. Additionally, because of the flood water, the infrastructure is not always in place to deliver items to the communities that need them most. Unsolicited donated items also require agencies to redirect critical resources away from providing most needed services, to sorting, transporting, and distributing items that might not meet the needs of disaster survivors.
Donate through a trusted organization
Many volunteer, faith-based, and community-based organizations are active during times of disaster, and provide trusted mechanisms to donate to response and recovery efforts. We encourage you to visit the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster – An association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters, provides a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination, and collaboration; and fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster. Another resource is Charity Navigator, an organization whose purpose is to provide objective ratings as you research charities you can support and trust.
Do not self-deploy
Wait until a need has been identified and the local community has requested support. Connect with an existing non-profit organization before going to a disaster area. Immediately following a disaster, communities can become quickly overwhelmed with the incredible generosity of those who want to help. Additionally, food, water, shelter, and transportation are at a premium, and the first priority is making sure local residents and responders are able to get what they need.