As we enter National Preparedness Month this September, we remember people impacted by natural disasters in areas we’ve served.
People like Alicia, who fled her home in North Carolina with two special needs children and while expecting her third to avoid destruction from Hurricane Florence or those living in Puerto Rico still sheltered by a blue tarp roof since Hurricane Maria devastated the island in 2017.
These people were forced into situations where they were unable to readily access basic needs. Oftentimes, there are long term recovery efforts from these disasters, a picture of which we rarely see.
And so, National Preparedness Month, sponsored each September by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is a good reminder to prepare for these events and help those impacted previously as they continue towards recovery.
Here are a few examples you can review to prepare for a disaster:
- Ready.gov offers a 4-step process to putting together an emergency plan with your family, simply over dinner.
- Download the FEMA mobile app for real-time weather alerts and information pre- and post-disaster.
- Read up on planning an evacuation and understand the different pieces to consider so you’re fully prepared.
Any level of preparedness still doesn’t change the fact that natural disasters negatively impact lives around the world. Consider a donation to Jake’s Diapers to help support families in need of basic hygiene supplies while recovering from natural disaster.
Make your impact today! A donation of $16 solves diaper need for moms and babies like the ones in our story.
About Our Disaster Relief Efforts: Jake’s Diapers recognizes that every person is one disaster away from living in a situation that restricts access to basic necessities. We respond when disaster strikes, understanding the need to be clean and healthy after displacement or destruction. Supporting people impacted in this way restores hope and dignity while creating opportunity to enjoy a better quality of life as they rebuild and recover.