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Often in the event of a disaster, families look for assistance
from one or two non-profit or government sources since they
are not familiar with all other organizations that are ready to

In order to spread the word about some of the good
organizations that are out there, REPS  compiled the following
list of non-profit organizations that are available and ready to
help and assist.  If you or any of your relatives have
experienced the devastation and the misfortune of a disaster,
check out these organizations.  They are happy to help.

Bookmark this page; tell your friends and family about this
site; REPS has compiled a large number of resources for your
benefit and the benefits of all the unfortunate individuals out

Join REPS and its staff in assisting other people.  
people age 50 and over in the United States.  The AARP Foundation
provides disaster relief and recovery grants to over 40 local agencies.  
These agencies serve older victims of recent hurricanes who have been
displaced or have health, legal, or other needs.

    A humanitarian organization led by volunteers to provide
    blood services, relief to victims of disasters, and to help
    people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies,
    including: house or apartment fires (the majority of disaster
    responses), hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes,
    hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents,
    explosions, and other natural and man-made disasters.

    A leader in Alzheimer’s research and support, dedicated to
    researching and finding prevention methods, treatments,
    and an eventual cure for Alzheimer’s disease.  The
    association offers Safe Return®, a nationwide identification,
    support and enrollment program that provides assistance
    when a person with Alzheimer's or a related dementia
    wanders and becomes lost locally or far from home, which
    can be useful in a disaster.

    A charitable hunger-relief organization composed of more
    than 200 member food banks and food-rescue organizations
    providing relief supplies to emergency feeding centers
    serving disaster victims.

    The conference of Baptist churches in America, which
    provides financial assistance in every region of the United
    States in the name of American Baptist Churches USA. This
    financial assistance meets immediate needs of disaster
    victims, including food, shelter, clothing and medical care.

    A Quaker organization that carries out service, development,
    social justice, and peace programs throughout the world.  In
    the event of a disaster, the organization procures goods and
    services to help as locally as possible, and concentrates on
    attending to those who may be left out of large relief

    This large international association serves the needs of
    occupational and environmental health professionals
    practicing industrial hygiene in industry, government, labor,
    academic institutions, and independent organizations.  
    During a disaster, the organization is involved in all aspects,
    including the pre-planning, the emergency response, and
    consequence management stages.  The organization also
    trains for disaster prevention.

    The membership association of one of the nation's largest
    social service networks, allowing Catholic Charities agencies
    and institutions nationwide to respond to the long-term
    needs of communities affected by disasters, working
    primarily through its nationwide network of local agencies.
    These agencies take a lead role in identifying critical needs
    and developing plans for the long-term rebuilding of their

    Organization with a mission to assist disaster response with
    a framework of saving lives, supporting livelihoods and
    strengthening civil society, providing food when access to
    food is interrupted by a disaster, implementing emergency
    health programming, providing access to supplies for
    agricultural recovery, constructing temporary shelters, and
    distributing essential household supplies such as hygiene

    Organization that helps with disaster relief in the following
    ways: Initial on-site disaster assessment program,
    emergency food service (fixed-site kitchen/feeding and
    mobile food service), donations of disaster recovery supplies,
    advocacy for disaster victims (especially the elderly, the
    poor, and minorities), and home repair or rebuilding.

    The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) is a
    relief, development, and educational ministry of the Christian
    Reformed Church in North America that provides disaster
    response, using a network of volunteers who give of their
    time and talents to help clear debris, assess needs, and
    rebuild homes after disasters strike.

    This organization gives money to support a network of
    volunteers who donate their time, skills, and energy to
    restore the homes of those who have little or no resources
    to hire paid labor.

    This group offers disaster preparedness, mitigation, and
    response activities in the United States, as well as
    emergency disaster response and rehabilitation overseas.  
    Most services revolve around damage resulting from storms,
    hurricanes, and tornadoes.

    This is an association that responds to human suffering
    around the world by providing emergency assistance after
    disasters, rebuilding communities, and helping children and
    families climb out of poverty.

    An organization committed to improving global health care by
    making quality health services available to the world’s poor.  
    It bridges three components of health delivery systems:
    community health, clinical care, and technology.

    It is the world’s largest Jewish web site and Jewish
    directory, and a source of information for everything Jewish
    around the world.  It is also a communication network for
    communities in more than 120 countries.

    Following major domestic disasters, this association seeks to
    minister holistically to the unmet needs of those affected,
    regardless of faith or creed.  It provides hardship grants,
    spiritual and emotional care, volunteer coordination, and
    long-term recovery.

    Various constituencies of the Anabaptist church can respond
    to those affected by disasters in Canada and the United
    States through this channel.  The organization sets up
    physical response centers to respond to the needs of a
    disaster-affected community.

    This is a web site for those who want to volunteer their time
    in response to U.S. domestic disasters.  It is sponsored by
    national disaster response organizations and produced by
    the Disaster News Network, a program of Village Life

    This organization promotes the rights of crime victims and
    advocates for them.  The organization also deploys
    outreach, consultation services, and team deployment in the
    aftermath of catastrophes.

    The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA is to reduce
    the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the
    quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes
    and standards, research, training, and education.   The
    organization also investigates the causes of fires, including
    those that occur in residential, business, and aircraft

    NVOAD coordinates planning efforts by many voluntary
    organizations responding to disaster. Member organizations
    provide more effective and less duplication in service by
    getting together before disasters strike. Once disasters
    occur, NVOAD or an affiliated state VOAD encourages
    members and other voluntary agencies to convene on site.

    As part of its Field Service program, NEDCC offers an
    emergency assistance program for institutions and
    individuals with damaged paper-based collections.  The
    organization provides free telephone support.  Information
    provided includes advice on drying wet collections and
    dealing with damage from fire, pests, or mold. The
    organization can also provide referrals to commercial
    disaster recovery service providers experienced with library
    and archives.

    This organization is the emergency and refugee program of
    the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.  It focuses on the long-term
    recovery of disaster-impacted communities, provides training
    and disaster preparedness for presbyteries and synods,
    works collaboratively with church partners, and manages
    volunteer teams that provide consultation, program design,
    and training for disasters.

    This site provides information about disaster relief, including
    news stories from around the world, information about
    appeals and funding, documents on policies and issues from
    many different organizations, and professional resources.

    This organization ministers to the needs of disaster survivors
    and first responders (such as firefighters) with goals of
    providing material comfort, physical comfort, emotional
    comfort, and spiritual comfort through immediate emergency
    assistance and long-term recovery help.

    The disaster response team can provide direction for the
    potential energy of individual Christians and churches
    desiring to be of service in times of disaster. Through
    planning, training, and practicing, disaster response teams
    can provide leadership and expertise required in times of

    In a disaster, the organization’s goals are as follows: Help
    cultural heritage institutions and sites be better prepared for
    emergencies and obtain needed resources when disaster
    strikes; encourage the incorporation of cultural and historic
    assets into disaster planning and mitigation efforts at all
    levels of government; facilitate a more effective and
    coordinated response to all kinds of emergencies, including
    catastrophic events; and assist the public in recovering
    treasured heirlooms damaged by disasters.

    This is an educational organization dedicated to promoting
    the goals of saving lives and protecting property during
    emergencies and disasters.

    An organization that provides a database of grants which are
    available to serve and fund disaster response.

    This organization is a major donor to disaster relief, having
    provided nearly $130 million dollars to victims of Hurricane
    Katrina alone.

    UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters that are
    interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a
    community's ability to recover on its own.  The immediate
    goal of UMCOR's international and domestic emergency
    response programs is to provide relief and rehabilitation for
    the entire person-physical, social, and psychological-in a
    distress situation.

    The UCC responds to disasters on an average of once every
    2.5 days.  The organization is currently involved in projects
    such as emergency relief for the situation in Darfur and
    response and recovery for hurricanes and tornadoes.

    This website is a national registry where people may register
    information about themselves or loved ones for free.  It is
    designed to help family members locate each other in the
    aftermath of a disaster.  This service is especially useful for
    the infirm and elderly, who may be forgotten during a disaster.
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