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Helping Sandy Survivors: Guidelines for Donating Wisely
November 9, 2012
As recovery from Superstorm Sandy continues along the eastern seaboard, Mainers continue to look for ways to assist. "When Maine people see others in trouble, they want to help," MEMA Director Rob McAleer said.
McAleer said MEMA is recommending Mainers start at: http://www.serve.gov/sandy to learn how best to help as recovery continues. This authorized site contains links to make cash donations, to find volunteer opportunities, and for businesses and organizations to offer donations of supplies and equipment.
In addition, McAleer offered the following guidelines:
McAleer said that at this stage of the recovery, relief partnerships can often form -- church groups in Maine connecting with a sister congregation in the disaster area, or fire departments connecting with other departments. "These partnerships can be effective in sending supplies and volunteering," he said. "But be sure to listen to your partners in the disaster area. Only send the things that are really needed. Be sure you can transport supplies or volunteers into the area without adding to congestion."
Governor LePage has authorized several teams of responders to assist in different aspects of the recovery in New York and New Jersey. This assistance is offered through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a mutual aid agreement between states. "As a State, we only send aid when it's asked for, and we make sure it's the right kind of help," McAleer said. "We want to be part of the solution, not add to the problem. That's exactly what we're reminding all Mainers to do."
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