On Nov. 17, a high-wind event impacted several states in the Midwest and Northeast spawning more than 80 tornadoes, and dropping hail that caused significant damage to communities in their path. A tornado one-half mile wide touched down in Washington, Ill., destroying homes and neighborhoods.
Please DO NOT self-deploy to affected communities. The situation is still dangerous, and first responders need to focus their efforts on helping residents with immediate needs.
Points of Light is coordinating with our HandsOn Network affiliates in the Midwest as they assess local needs and work with partners to identify volunteer opportunities. Visit AllforGood.org to find current opportunities and register your skills and interest in volunteering.
Typhoon Haiyan / Typhoon Yolanda
Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Typhoon Yolanda) made landfall across the Philippines on Nov. 8, destroying homes, flooding villages and leaving millions in need of immediate assistance.
An estimated 9.8 million residents have been affected, with between 480,000 and 660,000 people displaced from their homes. Officials fear the loss of life numbers in the thousands. The scope of the need is immense and the response is slow due to significant supply chain and logistical challenges. Response capabilities were already stretched to the limit by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that displaced 350,000 people just three weeks before Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda made landfall.
Points of Light is working with our HandsOn Network affiliate, Hands On Manila, to identify volunteer needs and raise funds to support volunteer efforts in the Philippines.
Through the AllforGood.org volunteer management portal, Points of Light is equipping Hands On Manila with the technical support to post volunteer projects and register volunteers locally.
If you would like to support the recovery effort, here’s what you can do to help:
Don’t self-deploy at this time. The situation is still critical and travel is extremely difficult or impossible throughout much of the affected area.
- Do donate to help Points of Light and Hands On Manila support the mobilization of volunteers in ongoing response and recovery efforts.
- Do register your interest to volunteer on www.allforgood.org and check this page often for the latest updates on how you can help.
- Do be prepared! As the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda reminds us, disasters can happen anytime, anywhere. Please take steps now to help your family and community recover more quickly from disasters. Visit www.goodandready.org to download an emergency preparedness checklist and create a disaster readiness plan for your family.
How Points of Light Responds to Disasters
Points of Light and its affiliates around the world work to activate, mobilize and engage people’s time, talent and resources to meet critical needs in disaster preparedness, response and recovery. We continue to take a lead role in long-term recovery efforts related to many recent disasters, including Hurricane Sandy and the Oklahoma tornadoes.
In 2011 HandsOn Network affiliates engaged 68,000 disaster volunteers who served 775,000 hours in 24,745 projects producing an economic impact of $16.5 million. These volunteers were engaged through disaster partnerships, such as American Red Cross and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD).
Sixty-two percent of affiliates partner with American Red Cross and 43 percent of affiliates partner with VOAD to coordinate and mobilize volunteers. Points of Light was recognized as 2011 Member of the Year by VOAD.
To help individuals prepare for disasters, Points of Light provides training to its affiliates and nonprofit partners to manage spontaneous volunteers through disaster boot camps and webinars, and executes the Good & Ready program to educate and mobilize individuals and families to prepare their own homes and communities.
Corporate engagement is a key driver in this initiative with a focus on engaging employees and consumers. The focus on making sure “you and your community” are ready includes preparing volunteers to be ready to help in disaster response and in long-term recovery work. This helps build a ready corps of volunteers and volunteer leaders in a community and builds neighborhood connectivity that contributes to community resiliency and faster recovery after disaster.
When a disaster strikes and throughout the recovery phase, Points of Light helps direct corporate resources to impacted communities and provides technical and management support to affiliates and partner organizations in affected areas to recruit, train and deploy volunteers. It also provides technology support to manage volunteers and works with partners to implement effective volunteer engagement.