Disaster Relief

Our quick guide for helping victims of disasters 

Food given at Kino Sports ParkRoad closed due to FloodBigHorn FireWhen disaster strikes, Americans step up to help. There are many ways to help victims of disasters. This page is a quick guide to agencies and organizations providing disaster relief. This is not a comprehensive list but it's a good place to start. 

To find local information about calls for relief assistance for disasters in the United States, the best place to start is doing a Google or Facebook Search for the local area's emergency management agency. Since 9/11, most American municipalities and counties have emergency management departments  that are the frontline of relief. These government agencies often compile information about relief and recovery efforts and disseminate them via webpages or social media. 
For Pima County, our Office of Emergency Management's Emergency Alerts page is a great place to get information about relief and recovery efforts, as its Facebook page

Donations of material, such as clothing, blankets or toiletries, should only be made when specifically requested by relief agencies. Otherwise, monetary donations are preferred. This article from USAID explains why. 

Local, regional or Arizona disasters and emergencies

So AZ Red Cross
Arizona Red Cross
We Care Tucson (a Pima County-based agency)

Any disaster, any time, anywhere

Red Cross
We Care Tucson

Recent Disasters U.S.:

Western U.S. Wildfires

Other Disasters

Tips on Giving

There are far more agencies that respond when disaster strikes than the above. There unfortunately are also people who try to prey upon sympathies and set up sham online assistance sites. Charity Navigator provides information about nonprofit organizations, including those dedicated to disaster relief. This link provides excellent information on how to avoid scams and make sure your assistance goes to those who need it. 
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