November 2018 Preparedness Checklist: What Do We Do When It Happens Someplace Else

November 2018 Preparedness Checklist: What Do We Do When It Happens Someplace Else

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From our Disaster Preparedness Program coordinator Sheryl Gerety ( a monthly, seasonally appropriate checklist page to help us tackle preparing for a disaster in manageable steps.

Irma, Maria, Florence, Michael: all are names belonging to disasters thousands of miles away from our Pacific Northwest geography. The recovery process has fallen out of the news cycle, but to conclude that the disaster has run its course would be wrong. The rebuilding process and efforts to “get back to normal” endure past the relief dollars raised by the early responders.

What can we do to help

  • Volunteer Volunteers from out of the area should be trained, skilled and able to coordinate with relief efforts already in place, be prepared to spend 10 days to two weeks where needed, and be in superb health. Exposure to extreme weather, pollution, long hours, insects, communicable disease and constant stress take a toll.
  • Donate Money is the best type of donation. Sending food, toys, clothes, even equipment, can play havoc with available space, distribution, and local economies.
  • Wait Cash arriving in one early, large, unruly quantity can become a bookkeeping nightmare, providing opportunities for price spiking or corruption. Recovery needs particular to the population and climate are best paired with dollars over time.
  • National vs. Local Agencies Donating to a mix of national scale and local efforts is more effective.
    Episcopal Relief and Development gets a four star rating from Charity Navigator with a score of 100.00 for accountability and transparency.

How we rate relief organizations

  • Lower administrative costs
  • Fewer to no scandals
  • Effectiveness of aid
  • Keeping promises made

What we are reading and watching:

Diocese of Oregon Disaster Preparedness Contacts:

Sheryl Gerety
Annette Rankin
Episcopal Relief and Development 
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