Disaster stations: Using businesses and community organizations to help rebuild communities
| 10.13.2006 | 08:57:04 | Views: 4149 | ID:
During a disaster, and its immediate aftermath, many victims become displaced. Those "refugees" or "evacuees" often times need places to use as a base station so that they can call people (if they don't have cell phones), have mail delivered or use fax machines (so that they can retrieve vital records or faxes such as birth certificates.
Private organizations, businesses and religious organizations can volunteer their resources after a crisis. Many businesses have unlimited long distance calling, for instance. People who have lost their cell phones, or those who don't have cell phones can use the business as a base of operations while they are waiting for their new home, or for information from FEMA. Places which donate their resources also have the ability to allow people access to the internet, to faxes and to basic utilities that are otherwise not available. During Hurricane Katrina, many local area churches were used as base operations for displaced families and people who were left with nothing. With foresight, those area businesses and organizations which volunteer to act as "base operation centers" to help get people back on their feet could be given supplies and/or incentives to help them during the crisis so they are not overburdened as well. These include schools, churches, large office buildings, convention centers and other public and private organizations.
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