The devastation after a hurricane, whether it was the recent Harvey, Irma or the next “big one” seems to bring communities together and offer support to all those affected. It’s really important to put your “generosity hat” on and help your community put the pieces back together. According to Ready.gov, forty-six percent of individuals expect to rely a great deal on people in their neighborhood for assistance within the first 72 hours after a disaster. We all are human and, as such, we need assistance in times of great turmoil. It is the same for assisting our neighbors as well. It is important to help when we can.

When everyone comes together to respond to a disaster, great things happen. Needs are met, recovery occurs faster and amazing bonds are created. Here are a few ways to assist and make a lasting impact during catastrophic storm event:

Helping Your Neighbor

Go to your neighbor’s house to check on them. See if they need any help removing debris, cleaning up soaked items, repairing windows, etc. Be their support system if need be; you might be all they have to help in the recovery process. Also, if they are without power, offer them your showerand time to cool off in your AC. Any offer, even as simple  as offering your sink so they can brush their teeth, makes a huge difference.  Pull together – it will make them (and you) feel a lot better.

The Little Things

When a hurricane forces you out of your home,  little things suddenly become the most important things in your life. Your neighbor could have been hit harder than you were, being left with nothing. Go over and offer them toothpaste, food, water, undergarments, clothes, hairbrush, blankets, shoes – anything you can think of they may need on a daily basis. You may not have much, but every little bit helps.

Help the Community

There are a lot of organizations that benefit disaster relief, such as the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross. If you are willing and want to donate, these are great organizations where your money will help directly with relief efforts. If you are looking into other organizations to donate to, just make sure to evaluate them based on their transparency, effectiveness and financial accountability. This will give you the knowledge to determine if your money is going to a good place. Here are some other solid organizations you can donate to to assist with Harvey and Irma: UNICEF USA, Catholic Relief Services, Charity Navigator, and the ASPCA.

 Always Remember

The effects of these storms will be felt for many days, weeks or even years. As time passes by, and we get consumed by other things, try to remember those who suffered. They could still be rebuilding even though you’re not. Make a note in your phone for every few weeks or months to follow up with your neighbors and community to offer them help and try to make a contribution. They will always remember your kindness and generosity.

In life, it’s the little things, the kindness and generosity and the selflessness that make the world a better place. We’re all human, and should be willing to help one another, not only during a disaster, but on a daily basis. You know you’d want assistance during a hard time, so always remember to give back! We’re all in this together! If you have any questions on how you can help your neighbors during a disaster you can contact a Bankers agent today!


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