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Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS)

After the Disaster

The Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security has been receiving many questions about support to the Gulf & Caribbean Regions after Hurricanes Harvey & Irma.  Montgomery County continues to work with our state partners at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to address incoming requests. We've compiled this page to help answer any questions you may have about donating or volunteering after Harvey & Irma.  

How You Can Help

When disaster strikes, every little bit helps. To make the most of your contributions, please use these guidelines to learn the most effective and safest ways to donate cash, goods, or time following a disaster.

  • Cash is best. Financial contributions  How to help after a disaster. The best way to help is with cash donations to trusted organizations. · Cash is efficient, flexible to use, and requires no packaging or transport. · Trusted organizations will ensure your money goes to help those in need. to recognized disaster relief organizations are the fastest, most flexible, and most effective method of donating. Organizations on the ground know what items and quantities are needed, often buy in bulk with discounts and, if possible, purchase through area businesses which supports economic recovery.
  • Confirm donations needed. Critical needs change rapidly – confirm needed items BEFORE collecting; pack and label carefully; confirm delivery locations; arrange transportation. Unsolicited goods NOT needed burden local organizations’ ability to meet survivors’ confirmed needs, drawing away valuable volunteer labor, transportation, and warehouse space.
  • Connect to volunteer. Trusted organizations operating in the affected area know where volunteers are needed, and can ensure appropriate volunteer safety, training, and housing.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has published a "How To Help" Guide for survivors of Hurricane Harvey.
 
 
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