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Monday, September 24, 2018

Hurricane Florence: How One Charity is Delivering Aid to Affected Communities

In the wake of any disaster there is an immediate human reaction to want to jump in and help. Most of us aren’t able to travel from affected area to affected area serving meals or gutting homes so we help with our dollars. Charity Navigator publishes our Hot Topics lists to empower donors, like you, to give confidently in any situation. These lists feature highly-rated charities that have confirmed they are responding in the affected areas and have shared how they will be using donors’ gifts.

One of the charities included in our Hurricane Florence Hot Topic, SBP, recently wrote this piece on how they plan to use donors’ contributions to help families and communities affected by the storm.

Disaster recovery can be overwhelming and confusing, but SBP exists to ease the recovery process. SBP has developed a comprehensive plan to assist in the recovery following Hurricane Florence.

SBP is a national disaster resilience and recovery nonprofit whose mission is to shrink the
time between disaster and recovery. Founded after Hurricane Katrina, SBP’s team understands that, after a disaster, citizens are at risk of reaching their breaking point if there is no predictable path to recovery. Each of SBP’s interventions is designed to fortify people against reaching their breaking point by providing a prompt, efficient and predictable path forward.

Based on past experience, SBP is working to shrink the time between disaster and recovery following Hurricane Florence in the following ways: 


SBP's team was standing by ready to deploy to support on-the-ground recovery needs by providing services like gutting and mold remediation and rebuilding work for vulnerable families. SBP is already active in long-term rebuilding work across South Carolina, so our team's existing presence in the region allowed for prompt response. SBP's rebuilding work is strengthened by volunteers who support our work year-round. 

With the help of more than 150,000 volunteers, SBP has rebuilt more than 1,500 homes in disaster-impacted communities across the country. SBP serves low- to moderate-income residents with a special focus on the most vulnerable members of the community.


SBP will raise funds to support not just our own rebuilding work, but will also identify and fund other nonprofits committed to rebuilding. SBP will serve as a trainer, capacity builder and funder for partner organizations so that more families can be served quickly and with the efficiencies of SBP’s proven-effective model for rebuilding, volunteer coordination and disaster case management.

In Houston after Hurricane Harvey, SBP provided training in disaster case management, mold remediation and/or rebuilding processes with more than 50 nonprofits who are actively rebuilding across all of Southeast Texas. SBP recruited, trained and then shared AmeriCorps members with other nonprofits to build capacity for their groups to do more.


In addition, SBP is sharing our FREE guides and resources to help disaster survivors navigate the complex recovery process, avoid costly mistakes and make smart decisions that will lead to a faster recovery. 

These guides will ensure victims of Hurricane Florence do not overpay for mold remediation or fall victim to contractor fraud and understand what to expect from the federal disaster assistance and insurance claims processes and how to advocate for yourself.

The better people understand the recovery process from the start, the faster they’ll be able to rebuild. 

After the 2017 storm season, SBP's recovery guides were downloaded more than 125,000 times. SBP conducted 45 in-person recovery trainings for 1,500 people after Hurricane Harvey. Most of the trainings were held for employees of locally-based companies and hospital systems.


SBP's broader impact is made through advising government leaders and philanthropic decision makers. SBP’s leadership will share valuable lessons learned like how to navigate federal recovery procedures and will provide strategic direction to ensure that recovery decisions are made in a manner that prioritizes families moving home quickly.

SBP's advisory services have played a crucial role in recent disasters, helping communities like Baton Rouge, Houston, and South Carolina formulate recovery plans and shrink the time between the disasters and the access to federal funding.

Written by our friends at SBP, a 4-star charity.

Our Hurricane Florence Hot Topic features more than fifty highly-rated organizations that have confirmed they are providing medical services, housing and shelter, animal care and services, food and hunger relief, financial aid for families, or general aid and relief in communities affected by the storm.

You can learn more about a few of them here:

All Hands and Hearts Smart Response 
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Response. Recovery. Resilience. Renewal.

All Hands and Hearts Smart Response efficiently and effectively addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. By listening to local people, and deploying their unique model of engaging volunteers to enable direct impact, they rebuild safe, resilient schools, homes and other community infrastructure. All Hands and Hearts Smart Response is the result of a merger between All Hands Volunteers and Happy Hearts Fund.

Heart to Heart International
Connecting you to a world in need

Heart to Heart International is improving global health through humanitarian initiatives that connect people and resources to a world in need. They have a global mission to create a healthier world. Every year, they make a positive impact in the lives of millions of people in more than 60 countries, including the United States. They develop humanitarian programs that promote health and wellness. They deliver results in these programs using two key strategies - the energy of volunteers and equity of strategic partners. And, they help volunteers and partners alike make a quality humanitarian connection to a world in need.

International Relief Teams
Providing medical and non-medical assistance to the victims of disaster

International Relief Teams alleviates human suffering by providing health services and humanitarian assistance to victims of disaster, neglect, and profound poverty worldwide. Since 1988, International Relief Teams has provided $6.5 million in volunteer services and $308 million in medicines and supplies to families in desperate need in 68 countries worldwide. International Relief Teams focuses on two core activities: 1) disaster relief and 2) building healthy communities. During disasters, International Relief Teams chooses appropriate responses to leverage donor resources to their highest effectiveness, including deploying medical and reconstruction teams, providing relief supplies, or financing the restoration of livelihoods and infrastructure. International Relief Teams builds healthy communities by providing a) medical training to save babies' lives, b) surgeries for the forgotten poor, c) eyeglasses to improve sight, d) medicines for rural hospitals and clinics, e) nutrition and education support for abused, abandoned and homeless children.

Direct Relief
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Deliver a world of good

Direct Relief is a humanitarian organization, active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies. Nongovernmental, nonsectarian, and not-for-profit, Direct Relief provides assistance to people and communities without regard to politics, religion, ethnic identities or ability to pay. Direct Relief's assistance programs, which focus on emergency preparedness and disaster response and the prevention and treatment of disease, are tailored to the particular circumstances and needs of the world's most vulnerable and at-risk populations. Direct Relief’s tradition of transparent, direct and targeted assistance, provided in a manner that respects and involves the people served, has been a hallmark of the organization since its founding in 1948.

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