MESSAGE FROM BREVARD COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
We’re beginning to get in some reports of donation drives in Florida designed to assist Harvey survivors. Texas has yet to identify any specific needs and at this point has no ability to deal with any donations they receive, no matter how well-intentioned. Please help get the word out to your communities that right now the best way to assist is through cash donations to a recognized charity. Here’s a link you can use: https://www.nvoad.org/hurricane-harvey/hurricane-harvey-how-to-help/.
We also want to remind people to not self-deploy to an impacted area. Response and recovery efforts must be coordinated through a government agency or a voluntary organization active in disasters (VOAD). These organizations have a structure, training and are self-contained so as to not put additional burden on a community in need.
National VOAD, an association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters, provides a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration; and fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster.
Brevard County Emergency Management