What Do We Do When Disaster Strikes?
August 12, 2015
When I turned around I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, almost every person from 10 miles around had converged on our temporary medical triage center. Charities for Disaster Relief will always be in demand as long as there are people struck by natural disasters.
In the Philippines, several months after a typhoon and earthquake devastated several Islands, all that we could bring was far and away insufficient for the needs of the people. This is why supporting organizations that send personnel and supplies to help save lives overseas is so important.
The one aspect of supporting these kinds of organizations including Charities for Disaster Relief, that I want to convey the hardest, is this: The time to send support and aid is now, before disaster strikes, not after the people or an area is struck by natural or medical disasters. There are nonprofit organizations that are in the ready at all times so that within 48 hours they can have boots on the field, giving life-saving assistance. If it took days or weeks to gather up support, then time and lives would be lost.
Where is the biggest need for Charities for Disaster Relief?
From “Tornado Ally” in Oklahoma to the northern tip of Cebu in the Philippines, the needs are huge. There is a difference however in what is done after the disaster strikes. For example, in Moore, Oklahoma 2013, a major F4 tornado touched down and ran for over five miles. My team and I arrived two days later and were witnesses to the power of nature that can wipe out large schools, neighborhoods and block after block of reinforced commercial buildings.
I stood in the midst of a neighborhood of 800 homes that were literally ripped to pieces by a tornado that lifted up over 200 cars out of a school parking lot, then launched into the neighborhood at speeds well over150 miles an hour. This tornado had become a giant blender of cars, pieces of destroyed houses and metal debris zig zagging back and forth for 30 seconds. In its path was total devastation and loss of life.
What separates domestic disasters from disasters that hit in 3rd world countries throughout the world is preparedness and planning. Though disasters don’t discriminate based on location or wealth, finances and geography play a major role in the aftermath of healing and restoration.
If we use similar methods of response and medical assistance in third world countries that we do in areas like Moore, Oklahoma, we could save thousands and thousands of lives.
With you supporting organizations that are called to help with Charities for Disaster Relief, both domestically and around the world, you can be assured that your contribution will make a huge difference; you can truly be a life saver for so many.
In my international travels to Africa, Latin America and Asia, one thing is clear to me and all those who are in the mission field, there is a huge gap in how disasters and diseases are dealt with. As stated before, nothing can stop the power of nature, but what we do after a disaster, is in our control.
If you understand the importance of improving the quality of life for many, many people, then you need to say “yes” to Charities for Disaster Relief.
To be continued…