Natural disasters are among the worst crises people could ever face in their lives. Hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and many other arrays can have long-term consequences that can be felt for weeks, months or even years after they occur. One of the most popular would be Indonesia’s earthquakes which often happened at an alarming magnitude. Moreover, to bring back the glory of the old days by rebuilding and rehabilitation takes a long time, a lot of effort, and energy taxing. Resources are also scarce, adding to the difficulties for evacuees and those who have been affected. With critical property damages as bad as these, it is appropriate to call for help to fix the detriment such as fire restoration services to rid the harm that has been done by combustion on the building. Unless the incident is a trivial one, it may not be enough to occupy the victims who may have lost their homes.
California is not new when it comes to dire occurrences like these: floods, fire, disease, and other natural disasters – these have influenced and reshaped California’s natural landscape, as well as the new towns and cities springing up across the state, from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries. Dating back in the 1800s, the newcomers of then-California knew little to none about the history of the landscape, hence the communities were oblivious of the dangers of flood plains and unforeseen earthquake faults. The latest one thus far was at Westmorland with a magnitude of 4.9, albeit minor. Still, even the slightest shake of the soil can cause panic among the Californian people.
Despite that, every cloud has a silver lining. When any of these disasters make an appearance, anytime and anywhere, there will surely be good-hearted volunteers who are more than willing to help out of compassion. Although there is no payment or any reward expected to be received at the end of the day, volunteering raises the goodness in our hearts and proves the humane qualities we possess. Volunteering is a noble cause, whether we involve ourselves physically or from behind the scenes. Either way, the victims will feel gratitude and comforted by the fact that there are people, whether it was someone they know or total strangers, who care for their well-being.
Here is how to lend a hand for natural disaster victims in California:
Create A Fundraiser
The word itself is already self-explanatory. Collecting funds from the public can suffice the needs of the victims to survive amidst the disaster. Many have lost a lot of materialistic means due to natural disasters, hence it can be either money or any form of supplies to give as these will be sent to the people who require the necessities during these occurrences. Rest assured, these items will be delivered to the evacuation and relief zones. The fundraiser can either be independent or in conjunction with other associations such as schools, the community, and many other affiliates.
Begin Donating To The Disaster Relief Organizations
It does not have to be money when it comes to donations. In fact, you can contribute by handing your equipment to the disaster relief organization. Reach out to the accredited organizers and they will let you know the best method to aid the disaster victims. It is very important to do thorough research on what kind of supplies they can accept and be mutually responsible on what supplies you are going to, otherwise, your volunteering attempt may come to naught.
Participate In Blood Donation
In a natural disaster, the injured may need an adequate amount of blood supply to keep living and recover. Blood donation is as essential as food and water, therefore it is important to show effort in giving your blood to the victims who are wounded and/or in critical condition. Not only do you demonstrate empathy towards others, but you are also saving lives.
Donate Old Goods And Supplies
Do you have a stockpile of unwanted clothes or items that is no more of use? Do the Marie Kondo way of what sparks joy and what is not to distinguish which you will be throwing away. But do not go to the trash yet! Take the time to think about how the victims of natural disasters need these things you are privileged to in the name of survival. You will notice that you are saving both the victims and the environment, like hitting two birds with one stone!
Volunteering holds the most honorable quality in the history of mankind, carrying out their responsibilities with the utmost sensitivity, professionalism, and consideration. To live in a world where dangers are hot in our heels, it is safer to join hands and be each other’s backs throughout all obstacles.