According to a recently published State of Maine official government web site press release, Maine Emergency Management Agency, along with Maine Governor John E. Baldacci, are reminding Maine residents and people all across the United States that the best way to help with the California wildfire disasters is by supporting a relief program or organization in their area. There are numerous ways to help, including donation of money, clothing, and other needed items.
The Governor announced that many Maine citizens have been calling into his office in Augusta, asking about ways that they can help the people of southern California recover from their loses.
Governor Baldacci proudly said about these calls, “Whenever there is a disaster, Mainers step forward to help.”
Maine Emergency Management Agency, also known as MEMA, is one way that help is getting across the country from Maine to California.
MEMA’s Director, Rob McAleer said, “The best way to help right now is with monetary donations to a relief agency working in the disaster area.”
You don’t have to live in Maine to help the people of southern California either. The State of California has officially established its own Donations Hotline at 1-800-750-2858.
Additionally, several other agencies and organizations, including local units, through the Network for Good (http://www.networkforgood.org) and the Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (http://www.nvoad.org).
All local organizations and charity chapters through Maine, California, and the rest of the United States will be accepting money donations that will directly go to help people either recover or rebuild. However, to find a local charity or help organization in Maine, visit volunteermaine.org. Here you can volunteer to help with disaster relief and even receiving training as a volunteer. Anyone is welcome to participate in helping others.
Money also allow organizations to purchase supplies or tools as close to the problem as possible. This cuts of the costs of travel, transportation, and other geographical related expenses. It can also help support the local economy in the time of a crisis.
The State of Maine and Governor Baldacci is reminding residents that they can contact FEMA or the American Red Cross (https://disastersafe.redcross.org) to get information and connect with those who have been displaced or moved by the fires in southern California.
One way to get information is by taking advantage of toll free hot lines that are being run by FEMA:
Register you and your family during displacement: 1-800-588-9822
Find family or friends (over 21): 1-800-588-9822
Find a missing or displaced child (under 21): 1-866-908-9570
Maine.gov. “Donations Best Way to Aid with California Disaster Relief.” http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=Portal+News&id=44348&v=article-2006