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Help Survivors of a Disaster

Learn how you can volunteer for disaster relief organizations, donate blood, and avoid charity fraud when giving money to support disaster survivors.

after a natural disaster. 

Donate Cash or Volunteer to Help Disaster Survivors

Do not just "show up" to volunteer assistance. This actually makes things harder for responders. Instead, learn how you can help after a disaster through the following groups and organizations:

  • - Volunteers help provide disaster relief, including clean water, hot meals, and shelter to families and communities.
  • - Register with a member organization to help assist communities affected by disasters.
  • - This international organization partners with volunteers to help disaster survivors with immediate emergency response, long-term recovery efforts, and more.
  •  (AmeriCorps and Senior Corps) - Search for volunteer opportunities in your community, including disaster relief services.

Avoid Charity Fraud

Make sure your donations are going to the people who need help. .

If you suspect you've encountered disaster fraud, report it to the .

is a simple way to help save a life. It’s used for surgeries, after accidents and disasters, and for other medical reasons. 

Where and How to Donate Blood

Xổ số miền bắc 2The American Red Cross and the United Blood Services are national organizations that manage blood donations. They are not part of the federal government. To schedule an appointment:

The Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) is the official for the U.S. military. Most blood products are for ill or injured service members, veterans, and military families worldwide. To make an appointment:

  • See the ASBP website for a list of . Civilians can only donate blood at an ASBP blood donor center on a military installation.

Tips for a First-Time Blood Donor

If you're a , make sure you confirm your appointment with the organization where you’re donating blood. Ask them:

The government monitors all blood supplies to ensure your safety as a blood donor or a transfusion recipient. .

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Last Updated: August 15, 2019

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