How to Help Families After Recent Natural Disasters
In the interview above, Rev. Richard Sapp, Pastor of the Jacksonville Family Church in Florida, gives a first-hand account of the damages caused by Hurricane Irma, while Dr. Kathy Winings, Vice President of the International Relief Friendship Foundation (IRFF), delves into the details of the aftermath of the two natural disasters, including aiding in the recovery process.
THREE WAYS YOU CAN HELP
1. SEND A RECOVERY KIT
Essential items are urgently needed to help disaster survivors reclaim their homes and rebuild their lives, especially in Florida. Christian Disaster Response (CDR) and IRFF are working together to meet both the immediate and long-term needs of the people and communities hardest hit by disaster. There are six (6) different types of “Gifts of the Heart” kits that you can create. Choose to create one type or, if you can, create two or more different kits. Whichever kit you decide to give, you will be communicating that you are thinking of your neighbors who have suffered from the disaster.
For more instructions on preparing a recovery kit, click the button below.
Any donation will be useful to equip those who have been affected by the storms with the right resources. Please contribute to the cause today–every penny counts!
IRFF needs volunteers to facilitate the recovery process! After receiving training, volunteers will go into the affected area to assist those who have incurred damages to their homes as a result of the disaster. This training is handled by Dr. Ron Patterson, director of CDR (Christian Disaster Response). The training is approximately a weekend – 2 days – for basic training. Volunteers discuss attitude needed in working in a disaster zone, understanding how best to work with people, personal safety needs, what to do and what not to do as a start. Volunteers will then be certified.
Once the training is completed, we prefer that volunteers should be available for 2-3 weeks of disaster service to maintain their certification. This is most economical for CDR/IRFF and allows volunteers to make a strong contribution. Once CDR/IRFF have set up and are clearly established in the disaster zone and have been working there, there may be opportunities for more short-term volunteers. But training is still needed for any volunteer.
Go to http://irff.us to learn more about how you can help after these natural disasters.