Natural Disasters: How YOU can help!

With many natural disasters happening all over the United States, OASC has put together a list of ways you can help the communities of these disaster areas.

Contact them directly.
If you want to know the immediate needs of people in their area, ask them directly. Because OASC directly supports schools, we suggest contacting schools in the most impacted areas. Texas Association of Student Council’s Executive Director Terry Hamm has put together a list of schools that were effected in the greater Houston area. If you want to help directly check out this list: http://www.tasconline.org/help-for-harvey-victims

While there are multiple fires burning in Oregon currently, we encourage all looking to volunteer or donate to reach out to local Police for best ways you can help.

Eagle Creek Fire: Hood River County Sherriff’s Office (541-387-6911)
Chetco Bar Fire: Red Cross Evacuation Center at Nazarene Church in Brookings, OR (541-600-6068)

If you have information about ways to help victims of fires, floods or natural disasters that you would like to add to this article, please email Katie at katie@oasc.org.

Donate Funds.
While most natural disasters are in need of supplies, sending money can be most efficient. We suggest donating to local charities that are affected as well as national charities like the American Red Cross. We encourage you to look at https://www.charitynavigator.org to choose which charity is right for you.

Donate to Local Food Banks.
In times of disaster, may food banks struggle the most. We encourage donations to food banks of the affected areas to assist families who may be displaced because of the disasters as well as to feed volunteers coming to help with relief.

Be an advocate for correct information about the disaster.
One of the most important ways we can help is to pay attention to and share correct information. We suggest using credible local news sites and following local law enforcement on social media for most up to date information.

Don’t go to the disaster area until you are invited.
While one’s natural instinct may be to go to the disaster area, it is important to stay away from disaster areas unless invited. Driving toward areas of impact can create more harm than good. Spontaneous volunteerism creates what is often called a “second disaster”—having to support the needs (shelter, food, safety, and so on) of additional volunteers with the same limited resources available to support those in need.

If you’d like to suggest ways to help in effected areas, please email Katie at katie@oasc.org.