To help survivors of recent disasters donate to the Governor's Emergency Relief Fund
Alabama Governor's Office of Volunteer Services
INCREASING THE ETHIC OF SERVICE AND VOLUNTEERISM ACROSS ALABAMA
Hurricane Ida Relief Efforts
This page will be updated as new information is received.
Louisiana Hurricane Ida FEMA DR-4611-LA - To determine eligibility register: www.DisasterAssistance.gov or 800-621-3362.
For TTY call 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) can call 800-621-3362.
Persons with a smartphone can download the FEMA app at https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app and register.
Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) - This program uses participating hotels, motels, and other lodging properties to provide eligible applicants short term emergency sheltering assistance. Eligible applicants will receive an auto dialer call, email or text advising them of their eligibility, and where to locate a TSA participating hotel at www.disasterassistance.gov “Transitional Sheltering Assistance Hotel Locator”
Note: Applicants must meet eligibility criteria.
FEMA Evacuee Lodging Provider List
Out-of-state Hurricane Ida survivors can reach Louisiana 211 by dialing 1-800-755-5175
LA Governor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness _ Hurricane Ida Resource Page
Donation & Volunteer Opportunities:
Mississippi Shelter List: https://www.msema.org/hurricane-ida/shelters/
Donation & Volunteer Opportunities:
Volunteer Mississippi - Register at gulfcoasthub.org. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 228-265-7910 for more information.
Home Clean Up Hotline: Crisis Cleanup - If you need assistance with damage from Hurricane Ida, call 844-965-1386. You will be connected to volunteers from local relief organizations, community groups and faith communities who may be able to assist. Services are free, but not guaranteed due to overwhelming need.
ALABAMA - Hurricane Ida Donation and Volunteer Opportunities
The Governor’s Office of Volunteer Services, the Alabama State Service Commission, along with Alabama VOAD partners and Alabama Emergency Management Agency, are currently assessing the impact from Hurricane Ida. Thank you for your interest in volunteering to assist those affected by state disasters. The state of Alabama will need assistance for years to come to fully recover from all types of disasters. The Governor’s Office of Volunteer Services is asking volunteers to never SELF-DEPLOY, as unexpectedly showing up to any of the communities that have been impacted by a disaster will create an additional burden for first responders.
If you would like to receive updates on when and how to volunteer in the affected area, please register here: https://forms.office.com/g/ZCZZm4Y5cq. Updates will be sent to this list regularly until local volunteer contacts in the affected area are established.”
Stay in contact with your local EMA office. Visit Alabama VOAD and National VOAD for more information.
2-1-1 is a free, easy to remember number to dial for information about health and human service organizations in your community. Are you facing difficult times and don’t know where to turn? Are you looking for help with everyday needs? Do you want to volunteer? By dialing 2-1-1, information is much easier to find. Dial 2-1-1 or text or call 1-888-421-1266 from anywhere in Alabama, or visit http://www.211connectsalabama.org/
If you are an organization providing resources, please call 2-1-1 or call 1-888-421-1266.
James Seals Community Center, 540 Texas Street, Mobile, AL 36603
Disaster Distress Helpline: Call or Text 1-800-985-5990 DisasterDistress.samhsa.gov
Español: Llama o envía un mensaje de texto 1-800-985-5990 presiona “2”
For Deaf and Hard of Hearing ASL Callers: To connect directly to an agent in American Sign Language, click ASL Now or call 1-800-985-5990 from your videophone. ASL Support is available 24/7.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
The Governor's Emergency Relief Fund (GERF)
United Way of Southwest Alabama
To help with Hurricane Ida relief efforts:
Text “IdaRelief21” to 91999 and follow the directions you receive in the response
Scan the QR Code or Visit https://uwswa.org/hurricane-ida-august-2021/#more-23424
DISASTER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
If you are already affiliated with a response organization, please contact them directly. They will let you know when conditions are safe and when they will begin deploying volunteers.
Not affiliated with a response organization? You can pre-register to volunteer HERE, call 334-242-1549 or email volunteer @servelabama.gov
We will keep you updated on volunteer opportunities and let you know when response organizations begin accepting additional volunteers.
IMPORTANT: Volunteers must affiliate with an organization. Under no circumstances should a volunteer self-deploy to an affected area! Unaffiliated, self-deployed volunteers can create additional burdens on affected communities and can pull resources away from survivors.
KEEPING VOLUNTEERS SAFE AND HEALTHY
Preparedness for Volunteers and Volunteer Organizations: If you are feeling sick, or displaying any symptoms of illness, please stay home. We love our volunteers, but we need you to be healthy and operating at 100% to make that happen. Our first priority is to keep all volunteers and their families’ safe during this National Emergency. We understand that those who are not suffering from the virus or who may have already recovered from the virus, may want to help. Below are general guidelines to keep you safe so you can help others and so we all get through this crisis together.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - COVID19: Community, Work and School
Alabama Department of Public Health
American Red Cross – Staying and Helping Others During COVID-19
Points of Light - SAFETY TIPS FOR VOLUNTEERING IN A COVID-19 WORLD
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) VOAD is a coalition of non-profit and faith-based, public and public and private organizations and agencies that respond to disasters by bringing all available resources together to assist those impacted by disasters. VAODS provide a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration that fosters a more effective delivery of services to disaster affected communities.
Alabama Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (ALVOAD)
Support those who help survivors and respond to disasters. Consider one of the following ALVOAD member agencies:
Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief
Civil Air Patrol Alabama Wing
Coffee County ROCC/VOAD
Compassion Coalition of Tuscaloosa County
Covington County VOAD
Cullman County VOAD
Elmore County VOAD
Etowah County VOAD
Family Guidance Center of Alabama
Good Shepherd UMC
Hope Animal Assisted Crisis Response
Jefferson/Shelby County VOAD
Legal Services of Alabama
Madison County VOAD
Marshall County Commission
Morgan County VOAD
North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church
Operation Blessing International
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
The Alabama-West Florida Conference United Methodist Church
United Way of East Central Alabama/1st Call for Help
United Way of Northwest Alabama
United Way of Selma & Dallas County
United Way of Southwest Alabama
Walker County VOAD
FOR VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS
Volunteer Toolbox: Resources for non-profits utilizing volunteers in times of disaster.
Volunteer Hours Tracking: Please see link below to download form to track volunteer hours.
Helpful tips for Donating
Cash is best! –This allows relief organizations to purchase exactly what items are needed to assist in the response and recovery efforts. Funds will also provide direct victim assistance.
Confirm the Need Before Collecting – Donors should be wary of anyone who claims that “everything is needed.” Many groups have been disappointed that their efforts and the goods they collected were not appreciated. A community hit by disaster, however, does not have the time, manpower or money to sort and dispose of unneeded donations. Get precise information and confirm the need before collecting any donated goods.
Helpful tips for Volunteering
Call 2-1-1 to register to volunteer.
Affiliate with existing non-profit organizations before coming to the disaster area. Immediately following a disaster, a community can become easily overwhelmed by the amount of generous people who want to help. Contacting and affiliating with an established organization will help to ensure that you are appropriately trained to respond in the most effective way.
Be safe: Do not self-deploy until a need has been identified and the local community impacted has requested support. Wait until it is safe to travel to volunteer sites and opportunities have been identified. Once assigned a position, make sure you have been given an assignment and are wearing proper safety gear for the task.
Be patient: Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many months, often years, after the disaster - especially when the community enters the long-term recovery period.