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May 26
2011
Sherry Buresh

The "Forgotten Disasters"

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The Joplin Disaster is horrific.  It is hard to imagine what those impacted are going through.  I know it definitely pulls at our "heart strings" and everyone wants to do something to help.  However, I urge you to not become so focused on that one disaster that we forget about all the hurting people across the country that have also recently been impacted so badly from all the many other disasters too. 

We as caring people seem to quickly move from one disaster to the next one.  Those disasters then become what we refer to as the "forgotten disaster".  People still hurt.  People still need help across the country. 

I hope we will all look for some of those smaller disasters and reach out to assist them.  Many are receiving little to no help while we all focus on what is at the present time the largest, worst disaster. 

May 26
2011
Sherry Buresh

More info on Joplin Donations (2nd Disaster)

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A second disaster threatens to overtake Joplin MO by way of a tidal wave of unsolicited goods (things like clothing, miscellaneous household items, mixed or perishable foodstuffs, diapers...) and volunteers who just show up to help.  Critical resources are being redirected from the important work of response and relief to managing what has become a crush of unneeded donated items.  Social networking sites are promoting collection drives while radio stations, small and large businesses, business and fraternal organizations and churches around the country fill semis with items that threaten to crowd warehouses and overwhelm distribution channels in the impacted area. 

Your help is urgently needed to stem the flow of unneeded goods and volunteers into Joplin.  You are encouraged to reach out to your employees, customers and other constituents on how those wanting to help can do so in a way that doesn't cause further impact, but rather aids in the response and recovery effort.

The following guidelines were developed by a coalition of government, voluntary agency and faith-based partners:

  • Cash to a recognized voluntary agency is the single best way to help disaster survivors.  Cash doesn't need to be sorted, stored or distributed, and it allows the voluntary agency to  the donation towards the needs that most urgently need addressing.
  • Visit http://sema.dps.mo.gov/recover/donations.asp to donate to the Missouri tornado recovery effort.
  • For information on other ways to help go to: www.fema.gov/rebuild/recover/howtohelp.
May 25
2011
Sherry Buresh

Joplin, MO ... donation situation

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Disasters, especially large scale disasters, leave us feeling so helpless and searching for anyway to help.  That help usually comes in the form of sending clothes, emergency supplies, and anything we can pull together to send to those that have lost everything. 

Intentions are good.  However, those intentions often create what is referred to as the "Second Disaster" in a what is already a disaster area.

That is the case in Joplin, MO.  PLEASE do not send material donations.  It has quickly become a large problem.  Truck loads of donated goods are already clogging the streets.  Used clothes are piled up everywhere.  I saw this "second disaster" first hand during Katrina.  Heavy equipment had to be brought in to remove the mounds of clothing.

Feb 06
2010
Sherry Buresh

Flashback Thoughts

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Sitting here watching the weather channel (yes I REALLY do that!) sent my mind on a flashback over the past year+.  The weather has been soooo crazy.  We've responded to Ice Storms, Snow Storms, Wind Storms, Flash Flooding, Flooding, and Tornadoes.  That doesn't include disasters  we didn't respond to but know the huge impact they had on the communities. 

Moral of this thought:  BE PREPARED!!!!  We NEVER know....... :)