Across the Midwest, flood waters have continued to threaten homes and communities. Disaster declarations include 37 counties in Texas and 44 counties in Oklahoma. Preliminary assessments indicate significant water damage to homes, and we anticipate a critical need for volunteers, as well as remediation equipment and supplies in the weeks ahead.
Affiliates of Points of Light‘s HandsOn Network in affected areas are already taking an active role in the response efforts. We are helping establish volunteer reception centers throughout the region and training local community leaders to operate these centers – which will serve as vital hubs for activating and managing volunteers during the immediate response and longer-term recovery efforts. We are working closely with local affiliates to develop plans for the large-scale volunteer recovery effort that will be required.
Here’s how you can help Help Survivors in Texas and Oklahoma:
- Check out and sign up for on-the-ground volunteer needs. Please do not self-deploy, as travel is difficult throughout much of the affected area and not every community is prepared to engage volunteers.
- Donate to help Points of Light and HandsOn Network affiliates continue to support the mobilization of volunteers in ongoing response and recovery efforts.
- Follow @goodandreadyorg on Twitter for the latest news and volunteer needs.