Intense natural disasters leave many Americans with the task of planning for the safety of their loved ones, securing their property best they can and afterwards, rebuilding their lives, often from scratch. Providers face these same challenges plus many more. Below are details of specific needs for members affected by these catastrophic events:
— For general tips on how people with disabilities can prepare for a disaster, visit:
— If you would like to offer additional resources or share other ways to help, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
— U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar has declared the hurricane a public health emergency, giving more flexibility to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to meet emergency health needs.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), sent a Hurricane Waiver letter to agency Chief Financial Officers and Grant Policy Officials. The Hurricane Waiver letter grants authority to agencies to provide administrative relief for grantees (estimated at 4,000) affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The administrative relief includes an extension for grantees to apply for eligible grants, to submit financial and technical reports, and to complete the required audit reports.
For more information read the letter in NGMA's Grants Guidance section!
The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers has established the Richard Devylder Disaster Relief Fund. Donations made to the fund will be used to assist survivors with disabilities across the state who have lost their critical mobility and accessibility devices such as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes, hearing aids and communication devices in the fires
Portlight Strategies, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1997 to facilitate a variety of projects involving people with disabilities, including post-disaster relief work. Click here to donate.
For those of you who want to make a charitable contribution for Floridians, Governor Rick Scott has activated the Florida Disaster Fund to support individuals who are impacted by Tropical Storm Irma. The Florida Disaster Fund helps provide financial support to Florida’s communities in times of disaster.
To make a contribution, please visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org or text DISASTER to 20222 to make a one-time donation of $10. Volunteer Florida has also engaged with Facebook to activate a donation portal online.
— Governor Jerry Brown's Announcement on Federal Aid to California, Office of the Governor.
— For ways to donate to more general causes, visit: Where to Donate to Harvey Victims (and How to Avoid Scams), The New York Times