You can’t stop a natural disaster from wreaking havoc on your community—but you can help your area during the aftermath by providing support through a disaster relief zone!
- Find a Location. You need to find a space big enough to hold donations. Set up in a church basement, parking lot, catering hall, sports field or school gym.
- Get Volunteers. The more the merrier! Tell your friends and family about your idea of setting up a relief zone, and have them give you and your community a helping hand.
- Assign Positions. You are going to need someone to accept and organize the donations, to help people find items they need, and to give out cooked food and drinks.
- Advertise. Whether people want to donate or need a warm meal, make sure they know you are there. Make a Facebook page and Twitter account, and post flyers in churches, schools and supermarkets.
- Team Up. When there is a disaster, many businesses will want to lend their support. Go to a local catering service, restaurant or deli, and ask if they could donate cooked food and drinks.
- Inform People. Make statuses on Facebook and Twitter to keep people updated. Let them know exactly which donations your relief zone is accepting (non-perishable foods, water, clothes, cleaning supplies, etc.), what time breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served, and more!
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