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Disasters in the Headlines

Monday, September 11, 2017

Hurricane Harvey clean-up has barely begun in Houston, and already it has faded from the headlines. Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, the earthquakes in Mexico, South Asia flooding – all compete for our attention and support. And all are worthy. 

Here are three tips to guide you as you determine if and how you will help:

  1. Look to your mission and values to guide you as you explore different aspects of a disaster:  impacts on communities of specific interest to your foundation, such as children, immigrants, and older adults; needs in particular sectors, such as health, housing, and education; and issues which emerge from disasters such as inequity, community displacement, and environmental justice.
  2. Consider supporting immediate needs and long-term recovery. Although the majority of funding is needed for long-term recovery, most funding targets immediate response and relief efforts.
  3. Prepare for what may happen here. If you have a wide geographic scope, also plan for how you would support communities around the country or internationally. Join us for our October 26 program, Wisdom from the Front Lines: Lessons for Disaster Planning, and check back for disaster planning tips and best practices.

How to Help

Hurricane Maria 

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Harvey

Mexico City-Puebla-Morelos Earthquake

Chiapas Earthquake

South Asia flooding