Author: EMD Admin/Tuesday, August 29, 2017/Categories: Business, Children, Evacuations, Flood, Weather
With dramatic images of the historic flooding impacting South Eastern Texas, one of the first questions we hear, and feel ourselves, is "how can we help?"
Riverside County's response
Like any disaster, the response starts locally. When it appears that all local resources will be exhausted, a system known as mutual aid is used. Resource requests start locally, then move to the state and, eventually, to the federal level. In a large-scale disaster, like Hurricane Harvey, specialized teams are usually the first resources needed. This is why specialized search and rescue teams, including water rescue teams, from across the country were some of the first resources sent to Texas. The State of California sent several teams with hundreds of personnel to Texas, including teams from Riverside County. Additionally, American Medical Response sent Riverside County emergency medical technicians and paramedics.
The County of Riverside Emergency Management Department serves as the Operational Area coordinator and stands ready to assist with any emergency management requests from the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).
How you can help
In any disaster it is natural to want to help. It's human nature. Unfortunately, donating extra clothes and food from around the house creates more challenges. Those items need to be trucked in to the disaster area, warehoused, cleaned, sorted and distributed. Each disaster is different, as is each family in need. Monetary donations are the easiest, cleanest, most efficient way to help people get exactly what they need most. The news release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency below details how you can help with this disaster.
As you look at images of the devastation in Texas it's important to take a few minutes and think about the disasters you and your family might face here. The time to prepare is now - before a disaster strikes. Visit RivCoReady.org for information on the disasters we face as Californians, along with preparedness tips.
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