As Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico face the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, Diana O'Neill, executive director of Long Island Volunteer Center, shares lessons learned and reflections on recovery after Superstorm Sandy — and how volunteers can help in disaster-affected areas today.
Disaster Response & Recovery
Hurricane Harvey is the first major hurricane to strike the United States since the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, which saw such devastating storms as Katrina and Wilma. Points of Light is currently supporting first responder organizations, and coordinating with our affiliates and partner organizations in the affected areas. If you would like to support the recovery effort, here’s what you can do now to help
In the wake of disasters, large and small, people often look to help by contributing to charitable organizations. But, some get frustrated because it is not always clear where their money ends up.
In May of 2015, after weeks of heavy rainfall, the Texas Hill Country — known to meteorologists as “Flash Flood Alley” — suffered a horrific flood that displaced hundreds in a matter of hours. The next morning in Wimberley, a small town of fewer than 2,600 people, Courtney Goss walked into her church to see if there was anything she could do.