Providing relief during times of disaster and disadvantage is a powerful way the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation supports individuals and communities. Wellness Advocates, in collaboration with the Foundation, distribute 72-hour Emergency Hygiene kits containing basic hygiene supplies to disaster zones. The kits, along with funds for clean water and emergency aid, help improve conditions for evacuees.
From the inception of this initiative in August 2017 through August 2020, the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation has donated 117,038 Emergency Hygiene kits to evacuees in disaster zones and to homeless, underserved populations.
The massive gap between the funds required and the funds available for humanitarian response to disasters is a major factor behind why the world’s most vulnerable people are disproportionately impacted by these events.
Between 2008 and 2017, natural disasters caused $1.7 trillion (USD) in damage and affected 2 billion people.
Globally, flooding is the natural disaster that most frequently triggers emergency response. Between 2008 and 2017, 385 floods triggered an emergency response, followed by epidemics with 207 triggering a response.
“Immediately, I felt I had to do something to help.” Listen to doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation and Disaster Relief
Although a natural disaster may be unpredictable in where, when and how it will strike, there are things you can do that will lessen its effects on you and your family. Take a look at the following ways you can prepare.
Be prepared when disaster strikes in your community by learning the basic skills of disaster preparedness. Knowing what to expect and how to handle it will dramatically help both your family and your surrounding community. Here are a few things we recommend:
Take an online disaster preparedness related class - Brush up on your first aid skills by taking one or several preparedness courses offered by the American Red Cross..
Learn to shelter in place in according to Department of Homeland Security guidelines.
Teach kids emergency safety measures with age appropriate materials. Have a plan and practice the plan with your children.
Build your own 72 Hour kit for your family. Learn how to HERE. After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water, medications, and supplies to last for at least 72 hours. Make sure to stock your kit with the right items.
Share what you’ve learned or a way you have taken action on social media. Make sure to include #EngageInGood on your post.