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Volunteers and donations (Message From FEMA Director)
(Released: 09/17/01)

This email was received by UConn's representative in the Extension Disaster Education Network. The network is a Cooperative Extension System planning and disaster information group .

To: All Those Who Offered Volunteer Time or Donated Items
From: FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh

We have received literally hundreds - nearly a thousand - of e-mails from people interested in volunteering their time or donating goods and services in support of the rescue efforts in New York City and the Pentagon. At this very busy time, we are, unfortunately, unable to respond individually to each e-mail regarding this topic.

We are very gratified by your outpouring of generosity throughout America. However, the state of New York has reported that there is no additional need for volunteers or donated goods for the World Trade Center response. In addition to the federal, state and local government resources being deployed to the scene, there are a considerable number of goods and services already in the pipeline.

The same situation exists at the Pentagon and no volunteers or donations are needed there at this time.

However, the public is encouraged to make financial contributions. You can call the New York state donations coordination hotline at 1-800-801-8092. To make contributions to help the federal victims at the Pentagon or the World Trade Center, send your checks to: FEEA; World Trade Center/Pentagon Fund, 8441 West Bowles Avenue, Suite 200, Littleton, Colorado, 80123.

For further information about blood donation needs, call 1-800-GIVE LIFE.

Again, thank you so much for your concern and support for those affected by the disaster and for those working to rescue victims.

With the devastating attack on New York City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania, natural reaction during times like these is to want to help. However, Albert Ashwood, director of the Oklahoma Department of Civil Emergency Management, today (September 13) advised it is premature to volunteer or send donations into those areas.

At this time, the best way to support those affected is by providing financial contribution to a voluntary agency involved in disaster relief. There are several voluntary agencies with considerable disaster relief experience. These organizations have disaster skills in many areas such as disaster needs assessment, disaster clean-up, mass feeding, mass shelter, first aid, crisis counseling, pastoral care, child-care, home repair, family casework, meeting "unmet needs" and many other areas. In addition to individual donations, group contributions are also encouraged through dedicated fundraisers, like bake sales and garage sales.

These disaster relief organizations include:
American Red Cross 1-800-HELP-NOW
Adventist Community Service 1-800-381-7171
Church Disaster Response 1-866-551-9554
America's Second Harvest 1-800-344-8070
The Salvation Army 1-800-SAL-ARMY

"When the public supports these organizations with their financial contributions it helps to ensure the steady flow of important services to the people who most need the assistance," said Ashwood.

"Clearly, financial contributions mark the most sensible and the most efficient way of helping those affected."

For more information regarding the Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters, go to their website, http://www.nvoad.org.

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