Help when a disaster occurs in your area.
One of the simplest ways to get involved is through distributing Emergency Relief Hygiene Kits. If a disaster has occurred in or near an area where you can safely distribute kits, you can request kits to distribute. Simply fill out the form and submit it to email@example.com.
Create a Plan
Develop a family action plan in case of emergencies.
When a disaster strikes is not the time to worry about your action plan. Work with your family or roommates to create an appropriate emergency response plan, and then discuss it regularly to make sure everyone remembers what to do. In addition to your plan, you may want to assemble 72-hour kits and a binder with copies of important documents and contact information.
Other Ways to Support Disaster Relief
Build Food Storage
Work to build three month’s worth of food storage, including hygiene supplies, for your household. If you already have food storage, make sure you keep it stocked, replacing items as they are used or as they expire.
Water is essential for life. Making sure you have an adequate supply of safe drinking water for yourself and your family in case of emergencies will help you be prepared for unexpected events in the future. Try to store at least a gallon of water per person per day to last at least two weeks. You’ll need water for both hydration and hygiene.
Volunteer in your community
Join a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). This is a FEMA program designed to educate volunteers about disaster preparedness and trains them in response skills such as fire safety, search and rescue, and team organization. Some cities even offer the program for teens and kids. For those living outside of the U.S., look for similar programs in your country.
Use your voice on social media to build awareness around disaster relief. Sharing stats, graphics, and other information connected to disaster relief on social media can go a long way in helping those in need as well as helping community members better prepare for times of emergency.
Be prepared when disaster strikes in your community by learning how you can better prepare for a disaster. You can also learn what disasters may impact your area and how to best respond if those disasters occur. This list is a great place to start:
- Red Cross
- Department of Homeland Security
Listen to our podcast
Offering relief in times of disaster can be a great way to serve when handled in the correct way. In this podcast episode, we talk with Mark Wolfert, founding executive, and Joy Wu and Sandy Schuffler, doTERRA Wellness Advocates, about the way the doTERRA Healing Hands responds to disasters and works to support communities around the world.
Create 72-Hour Kits
Work with your family to create 72-hour kits for each family member. In these kits you will want to include enough water, nonperishable food, clothing, medical items, and hygiene supplies, such as soap and toothpaste, for your family for three days. Store these kits somewhere you can quickly and safely grab them in a time of emergency.
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