In the wake of disaster, especially when it is far away, you can be left with a desire to act, but wondering: What Can I Do? There is a meme with a quote from Mr. Rogers which has been making the rounds on the internet:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” — Mister Rogers
Even though the disaster may be far away, there is so much that we can do right here in our county to be the caring people in this world, to be the helpers, in the aftermath of a disaster and in our every day lives. 2-1-1 would like to share a list of ways you can help below. Please dial 2-1-1 to get connected to local resources where you can get started.
- Donate blood. When there is a disaster where large numbers of people are injured, blood donations are needed to help those who are wounded.
- Donate time. Volunteer in the community: mentor youth, help at a soup kitchen, teach workshops, do what you love. The more we support each other in our daily lives, the better we will be able to respond as a community in times of crisis.
- Donate Skills. Learn CPR and First Aid, contact Emergency Management and be trained to be a part of a volunteer Emergency Response Team. Become a member of the medical reserve corps(no medical experience necessary).
- Create a plan. FloridaDisaster.org has plans to prepare for anything from terrorism to hurricanes. It’s important to have a plan for your home and for your work. Don’t know what your employer disaster plan is? Ask to learn.
- Stay Informed. Contact your local Emergency Management and sign up for their community notification system.
- Donate money. Support local organizations who respond in times of disaster. This includes hospitals, mental health agencies, blood banks, violence prevention agencies, crisis centers, information and referral agencies, emergency management, disaster response agencies, the United Way, and many more.
24 hours a day, 2-1-1 is available (and FREE) to connect you with all of the options listed above. There are many ways to reach us, including dialing 2-1-1.