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Ways to support victims of uttarakhand disaster

Ways to support victims of uttarakhand disaster



Although cloudbursts, landslides and flash floods are an annual affair in Uttarakhand, the monsoon of 2013 brought with it such massive loss of lives, property and infrastructure that the state said ...

Although cloudbursts, landslides and flash floods are an annual affair in Uttarakhand, the monsoon of 2013 brought with it such massive loss of lives, property and infrastructure that the state said its development clock had been set back by a decade.



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  • Just making a quick PPT to help you with links and ways you cancontribute to the natural calamity that has happened.If you want to help… this is how you can!
  • Donate to the PM national relief fundhereRead on to find out whatto do and what not to(* Since this is a direct link, the website may ask you to accept security certificate, must say not a veryencouraging site to accept donations** All contributions towards PMNRF are exempt from Income Tax under section 80(G))
  • Natural and man-made disasters result in tragic lossof life and cause extensive damage every year. Aftera disaster has struck, people everywhere want tohelp those in need. Citizens* throughout the nationhave mobilized to offer assistance to the victims* CITIZENS – not media, not politician, not social worker. We are all citizens at such a time so avoid thepolitical games and badly written articles and posts on social media.
  • However, despite the publics best intentions,donated goods that are unsolicited or inappropriatefrequently cause more harm than good.Unnecessary and unmanageable items can competewith essential relief goods for the limited capacity ofpersonnel and operating facilities, and in turn, delaythe delivery of necessary provisions to those mosturgently in need
  • Find out the needs of the disaster victims and respond properly.Immediately following a disaster, local disaster relief officials will determine theneeds of their community. These officials will then provide the media andvarious disaster relief organizations with a needs list.Search and look for reports from the media or a recognized volunteer agencyexperienced in disaster response. Ones working actively with Uttarakhanddisaster relief per media search:Save the children *You will receive your 80G Tax exemption certificate with in 12 days of making a donationGoonj * Financial contributions can be given only at GOONJ formal offices
  • Money. Financial contributions are the most useful form of disaster assistance.They help guarantee that relief workers have the funds necessary to providedisaster victims with needed supplies in a timely fashion. Donating money alsoeliminates many of the logistical concerns such as transportation, distributionand spoilage frequently associated with donations of unsolicited, unsizedclothing and perishable mixed food items. Money also helps the local economyrecover.Priority materials are:FinanceMedicines - anti-diarrhoeal, anti-inflammatory, paracetamols, antibiotics,chlorine tablets, disinfectantsDry rations - biscuits, rice, wheat, pulses, sugar, milk powder, cooking oil, etc.Building materials - plastic sheets, plastic buckets, tarpaulins, etcClothes - shirts, sarees, trousers, bed sheets, blankets, childrens clothesHousehold items - utensils, stove, torch & batteriesStationery / Educational Aids - notebooks, pencils, pens etc
  • Medical supplies are highly specialized commodities that must have adistribution channel of qualified personnel. If medical supplies are called for,medicines sent must have a shelf life of at least six months after arriving atthe disaster site, and they must also be clearly labeled. The arrival ofunnecessary medicines at a disaster scene can be a burden rather than an asset.Old prescription medications should never be sent.
  • Food scarcity is not an immediate problem. If food is requested, baby food isneeded first, then ready-to-eat, non-perishable food items. It is also importantthat donated food be clearly labeled to facilitate distribution.
  • For the most part, the answer is "no." Unless specifically asked for, donations ofclothing are generally being discouraged. Clothing and shoes are usually notneeded right after a disaster. There is neither the time nor distribution channelsto ensure that donated items dont go to waste.For long term settlements or refuge camps organizations might be requestingclothes. If clothing is requested, new clothes are preferred. Used clothing shouldbe cleaned and in good condition.
  • Although well-intentioned, volunteers who have not been specifically requestedat a disaster site frequently just add to the existing chaos. If you want to go tothe disaster scene, first call either the local social service group of yourneighborhood. (Note: these voluntary organization conducts a basic trainingprogram for volunteers and usually only sends volunteers that have completedadequate training.). Local emergency services directors can also be contactedabout volunteering for disaster relief efforts
  • For Employees: Businesses and organizations can conduct fund-raising efforts intheir community with the proceeds going to the disaster area. Be aware of yourcompanies CSR activities and send a mail to the responsible individuals or takehelp from HR to direct you.For Organizations: Businesses and organizations wishing to make donationsshould first contact local officials to find out what is needed. Once the needshave been determined, it is helpful for the business or organization to choose asingle type of item to donate. This facilitates organization and distribution at thedisaster site. The donors should also be prepared to provide for thetransportation of the goods and arrange for the delivery and unloading of thesupplies at a specified location. Loading and unloading is much more efficientwhen shipments are transported on portable platforms that can be transferredusing a standard forklift.
  • Blood is always needed following a major disaster. Contact your local AmericanRed Cross chapter or a local hospital for information on how you can donateblood for disaster victims.
  • Yes, if it is actually helping. Spread awareness. Share viable links to supportcenters, donation camp details, phone numbers and addresses. Share stories ofyour contribution. Lead with example. I have read much nonsense about thefloods and news.Media channels are also irresponsibly writing super hero stories about our‘savior’ politicians. Social media is getting overloaded with posts of condemnand bias against political leaders. This is not the time of who did what, itshouldn’t matter.Start following the volunteer organizations and write them a mail about howyou appreciate their work. It is not a big task for you but means a lot ofmotivation to those who are in it.
  • If you have information about any additional initiatives on theUttarakhand Disaster Relief Efforts, Comment below, PM me orMail at – shvmdhwn (at) gmail.comIf you donate please let others know about it too and encouragethem (comment below).
  • You reached this far… half the work is done.Donate to the PM national relief fund hereThanks in anticipation!!!