ATLANTA, Ga. -- The most effective way to help individuals or families in the wake of Georgia’s severe storms and tornadoes is to make cash donations to reputable recovery organizations, according to officials of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency.
People can visit the National Donations Management Network website to determine how to give. The website, www.aidmatrixnetwork.org/fema/, has a list of major nonprofits that are active in disaster work in Georgia.
"Contributing to a reputable organization will make a big difference to your fellow Georgians,” said GEMA Director Charley English. “Cash donations provide flexibility to help recovery organizations that face changing circumstances and keep relief workers focused on their work.”
There are many valid reasons to make a cash donation. Among them:
- Cash donations enable the agency to purchase exactly what the survivors need the most;
- Financial contributions eliminate the complicated, costly and time-consuming process of collecting, sorting, packing, transporting, unloading, storing, restoring, repackaging and distributing the goods;
- The agency often will spend the money it receives in the community, thus helping the local economy get back on its feet; and,
- Cash donations may be tax deductible.
"Voluntary, faith-based and community-based organizations are a key part of the emergency management team,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Gracia B. Szczech. “They help survivors in every phase of the disaster – from meeting immediate needs to long-term recovery.”
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our