How You Can Help During Winter Storm Jonas

Jan 22, 2016


Winter Storm Jonas is expected to deliver up to 30 inches of snow to parts of the East Coast. If you live in the storm area, check on your neighbors, especially the elderly and disabled.

Forty-six percent of residents expect to rely on their neighbors for support during the first 72 hours after an emergency. Be ready to lend a hand.

Points of Light is coordinating with HandsOn Network affiliates in the affected areas and connecting with Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster chapters across the U.S. to assess the situation and offer support. 

HandsOn Network is the local expert in volunteer engagement and often the lead in managing spontaneous unaffiliated volunteers throughout the response and recovery effort.

If you would like to support the recovery effort, here’s what you can do to help:

Please don’t:

  • 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.
  • Don’t bring supplies or donations to fire stations, police departments, etc. First responders need to focus on immediate needs and emergency situations.

Please do:

  • Do donate to help Points of Light and HandsOn Network affiliates support the mobilization of volunteers in ongoing response and recovery efforts.
  • Do register your interest to volunteer on
  • Do be prepared!  Please take steps now to help your family and community recover more quickly from disasters. Visit to download an emergency preparedness checklist and create a disaster readiness plan for your family.

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