The following message was sent to All FEMA Employees on behalf of the Deputy Administrator on November 9, 2012.
As you know, I spent the last week in New York and New Jersey, surveying the impacts of Superstorm Sandy. FEMA and our whole community partners are making a real difference, but the needs of many of the survivors are great and will continue for some time. That is why I am happy to announce that the Office of Personnel Management has authorized Federal departments and agencies to allow a special solicitation for donations for Superstorm Sandy relief through November 21, 2012.
Here at FEMA, we have decided that the most efficient and effective means of contributing to those in need is for employees to contact and make monetary donations directly to the charity or charities of their choice. You can find more information on organizations providing disaster relief assistance at http://www.fema.gov/volunteer-donate-responsibly. This list is not exhaustive, and, of course, all donations are voluntary.
This effort should not be confused with the upcoming Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Unlike CFC, we will not be assigning FEMA personnel to collect and record donations, and we will not be conducting specific fundraising events. Payroll deductions are not available, and it is the responsibility of those who choose to donate to obtain a receipt from the charity.
The assistance provided by FEMA is critical but it does not make disaster survivors whole. I have seen firsthand the devastation and loss created by Sandy and there is great unmet need. Please consider making a donation to a Superstorm Sandy disaster relief organization. As employees of FEMA, we know that every little bit truly helps.