Brevard County Emergency Management Warns Public Not To Self-Deploy To Impacted Areas of Hurricane Harvey
By Space Coast Daily // August 29, 2017
Texas has yet to identify any specific needs
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County Emergency Management issued a statement Tuesday informing the public not to self-deploy to an impacted area of Hurricane Harvey.
“We’re beginning to get in some reports of donation drives in Florida designed to assist Harvey survivors,” said BCEM officials.
“Texas has yet to identify any specific needs and at this point has no ability to deal with any donations they receive, no matter how well-intentioned. Please help us get the word out to our communities that right now the best way to assist is through cash donations to a recognized charity.”
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“We also want to remind people to not self-deploy to an impacted area. Response and recovery efforts must be coordinated through a government agency or a voluntary organization active in disasters (VOAD). These organizations have a structure, training and are self-contained so as to not put additional burden on a community in need.”
National VOAD, an association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters, provides a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration; and fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster.
For more information contact Brevard County Emergency Management at email@example.com or call 321-637-6670.
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