OHIO VALLEY — With numerous ways to help those in need following Hurricane Harvey, there are several ways to help right here at home.
Local fire departments and businesses are working to collect supplies which will be sent with local firefighters as they travel to Texas in the coming days.
Amy Evans Williams, who is an owner of a local barbecue business, has set up a drop off location at her home at 776 Grant Street in Middleport. Williams can also be contacted at 740-444-5695.
Items collected by Williams are being sent to Texas with local firefighters from Scipio Twp. and Wellston who will be leaving on Sunday night.
Items needed include cases of water, cases of Gatorade, wipes, personal hygiene items and diapers. Cash donations to help the firefighters with the trip are also being accepted.
“(We) Just have a heart for people and helping where we can,” said Williams of helping to collect supplies to assist those in need. “God makes all things possible.”
Donations are also being collected at Racine Home National Bank (see Sarah Hupp or Amy Evans Williams), according to the Bank’s Facebook page. Needed items include cases of water, Gatorade, wipes and personal hygiene items in travel size.
According to their Facebook page, Scipio Twp. Volunteer Fire Department will be taking supplies to the Bell County Expo Center in Bell County, Texas which is one of the shelters being used by evacuees. Items can also be dropped off at the fire station located at 35755 Firehouse Road, Pomeroy (the Harrisonville area).
The Meigs County Canine Rescue and Adoption Center is a drop-off spot for donations which will be going to New Beginnings Animal Center on Monday to be delivered to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
While there are many ways to donate both locally and around the nation, officials are also urging caution.
Whether you want to donate cash, goods, or services to assist in the Hurricane Harvey response, make sure you do so responsibly with information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Learn the safest and most effective ways to donate or volunteer with these FEMA guidelines:
• Cash is the most efficient method of donating. Cash offers voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining needed resources and pumps money into the local economy to help businesses recover.
• Donate through a trusted organization. Find trusted national and state level agencies to donate or volunteer from the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
• Affiliate with existing non-profit organizations before coming to the disaster area. Contact and affiliate with an established organization to ensure that you receive training to respond in the most effective way.
• Be safe. Do not self-deploy. Wait until it is safe to travel to volunteer sites and authorities identify opportunities to help.
• Be patient. There will be volunteer needs for many months, often years, after the disaster.
If you need help in determining who to give to, the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster website has a list of major non-profits active in disaster work or contact your FEMA Voluntary Agency Liaison for guidance. For more information, visit www.fema.gov/volunteer-donate-responsibly
Some information for this article provided by the Meigs County Emergency Management Agency.