By Charity Kilbourn – Sr. Content Leader, ACTN Strategies LLC

Those who have been directly impacted by Laura are not only dealing with the chaos and uncertainty a hurricane brings, they are trying to do so while simultaneously navigating through a pandemic. Here are some ways you can help those in need.

Volunteering

As an onsite volunteer, you can help distribute supplies, help with cleanup, or give assistance to individuals that need to register with FEMA. If you are looking for more information on how to get started, visit the Red Cross website to learn more. If you are unable to volunteer onsite, several organizations including the St. Bernard Project (SBP) in Louisiana, accept remote volunteers.

Donating

Every little bit helps. The Salvation Army  is working to get food, medical necessities, and other supplies into the hands of those in need. No matter what organization you decide to donate to, do your research to make sure it is reputable. Short on cash but long on time? Consider starting a fundraiser.

Give Blood

In the event of a natural disaster, the need for robust blood stores becomes critical. The blood drives that usually take place at schools and universities have been disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This has negatively impacted the level of blood stores hospitals typically have on hand. You can find a blood drive near you by visiting the Red Cross website.