This section contains practical advice, best practices, and specific examples of the innovative work supported and implemented by philanthropic organizations nationwide.

Advocacy, Legal Aid & Public Policy

Advocacy, Legal Aid & Public Policy
All disaster victims and organizations that have been impacted are in need of legal assistance and advice.

Aging & Disabled Populations

Aging & Disabled Populations
Mature adults and people with disabilities are often more vulnerable when disaster strikes.

Animal Welfare

Animal Welfare
Animal rescue efforts should be incorporated as appropriate into preparedness strategies for individuals and readiness plans for organizations and communities.

Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
While the robust response from artists and arts organizations is significant and well-documented, these same individuals and nonprofits are also vulnerable to the impact of disasters.

Community & Economic Recovery

Community & Economic Recovery
Advance planning and preparation are essential for communities to recover quickly and efficiently.

Communities in Crisis

Communities in Crisis
Communities across the United States have faced a growing number of difficult events. Acts of violence, terrorism, oil spills, rioting, and a water crisis have created many unique needs for philanthropy to fill.

Communication Networks

Communication Networks
Effectively relaying information is one of the most important aspects of disaster preparedness, immediate relief, and long-term recovery.

Education

Education
Education and the restoration of education services following a crisis is a critical component of any response plan.

Employee Support

Employee Support
Comprehensive employee disaster assistance programs can benefit both the employee and the organization.

Environment

Environment
The philanthropic community can have a lasting and deep impact on our environment by protecting, mitigating, and restoring our natural environment and wildlife ecosystems.

Health & Behavioral Health

Health & Behavioral Health
Public health issues can be exacerbated during times of disaster, and in some instances, the spread of infectious disease or toxic exposure may be of grave concern.

Housing

Housing
Philanthropy has the opportunity to promote smarter building practices that not only help communities recover but improve outcomes around building resiliency in future disasters.

Immediate Relief / Individual Support

Immediate Relief / Individual Support
Necessary support for individuals includes temporary shelter, clean water, food, supplies, sanitation, and healthcare.

Mitigation & Preparedness

Mitigation & Preparedness
It is important for philanthropic and nonprofit organizations to make preparations to mitigate loss of life and property, and facilitate effective disaster response.

Product Donations

Product Donations
Product donations from corporations and corporate foundations are extremely valuable, especially when received by those impacted when the need is greatest.