Hurricane Dorian. Hurricane Michael. Mexico Earthquake. Hurricane Maria. Western Wildfires. Tulane University and New Orleans are all too familiar with the challenges that communities face in the aftermath of disasters. Tulane University and New Orleans also know the impact that committed, compassionate volunteers and community members can have on recovery initiatives when they work together on a common goal.
United Way’s 2-1-1 is a free hotline that provides information to individuals seeking community resources like shelter, food and water, recovery support, and other basic needs, before, during and after disasters. The service is available in 180 languages 24/7 by simply dialing 2-1-1 or visiting 211.org.
Individuals who need assistance ahead of, during, and after disasters can contact 211 by simply dialing 211 from a cell phone or landline. 2-1-1 is a free, 24/7, hotline, available in many languages, that provides information to individuals seeking community resources like shelter, food and water, recovery support, and other basic needs, before, during and after disasters. More information about 2-1-1 can be found at 211.org.
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Interested in volunteering? Do not “self-deploy.” This could create an additional burden for emergency workers. Rather, volunteer with established organizations. These organizations have worked with local communities to identify needs and developed resources to support volunteers in this work. Likewise, many of the areas hardest hit by disaster might not be immediately ready for volunteers. Be patient. Disaster recovery is a long process.