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Oklahoma is still reeling from Monday's EF5 Tornado, so if you're game to hop in the car and head over to start helping victims, here are a few things you should know first.
Taking it upon yourself to help out after a disaster is admirable, but often it can be hard to know exactly where to go or what to do. Not to mention: finding a hotel room in a community with up to 200,000 people displaced. But there are already several charities organizing volunteer groups from around the country to help remove debris, distribute supplies, and support local organizations.
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You guys know that we have this weird love-hate relationship with Google Earth and Google Maps, which have basically become de facto travel technology because of all the insane places that Google has photographed. For a small taste of our ambivalence, see here and here for discussions regarding the phrase "now you can travel without ever leaving the comfort of your home." Has a douchier thing ever been said, anywhere? Travel shouldand in a very precise sense, just isabout leaving your home.
That said, there are a couple of places we don't see ourselves traveling to. If Google wants to photograph those and dump them into Earth or Maps, we'll happily indulge ourselves for a few hours (read: days). Cue this news that Google Street View has just added shots of Namie, a city that used to house 21,000 residents but is right in the center of the Japanese nuclear zone created by the earthquake plus tsunami two years ago that destroyed the Fukushima plant.
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With all the focus on the damage Hurricane Sandy caused in the U.S., it's easy to forget that the storm wreaked havoc in other countries, too.
The non-profit organization Haven U.S. is planning a trip to the island of Ile a Vache in Haiti to help restore community buildings and facilities which were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy last October, and they are looking for volunteers to come along.
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Since Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey last week, donations have been pouring in and we've been telling you how to contribute to the relief. Still, there's quite a lot of help needed on the ground and it's not jut locals pitching in; tourists are helping out, too.
After last weekend's NYC Marathon was canceled, runners who had traveled to the city from around the world filled backpacks with supplies and dispatched to Staten Island, the Rockaways, and other hard-hit areas to aid in the cleanup. Other visitors to NYC have followed the runners' lead this week by donating their time and money while in town.
UPDATE 11/01: United has doubled the amount they'll match, from $50,000 to $100,000. Don't forget the bonus miles offer.
Yesterday, United Airlines announced they will be helping out victims of Hurricane Sandy by supporting the American Red Cross, Americares, and Feeding America as they assist those affected by the super storm.
The United Airlines Foundation will match up to $50,000 in donations made by United customers and employees to these organizations.
After more than a dozen tornadoes tore through Northern Texas yesterday, volunteers are already gathering to help remove debris and assist those left homeless by the storms.
The Volunteer Center of North Texas has assembled a Mass Care Task Force, including the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, the North Texas Food Bank and the Volunteer Center of North Texas.
Tornadoes last week tore through more than 10 states, causing many effected families to wonder how they'll continue on. At the same time, many others are asking what they can do to help.
Disaster relief organizations are setting up in the worst hit communities to begin cleaning up and assisting those in need, and they looking for volunteers.
In Harveyville, Kansas, which was hit by the first round of storms, over 500 volunteers and 55 private contractors are on hand helping to remove debris, but they still need more. The United Way of the Plains is currently coordinating volunteers. You can register to help by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last week the Joplin, MO Convention and Visitors Bureau sparked controversy among residents of the tornado-ravaged town when they launched a new "Tornado Tourism" Map. Visitors can pick up the map, for free, at several local hotels and restaurants to find the best routes through the disaster zone.
The Visitor Bureau Director defended the map after residents called it "tacky" and "insensitive" saying, "We are not actively promoting the tornado, mainly, (the map) is a piece of information. Maybe people will have a reason to give, or put together a volunteer group because there's still a lot of work being done, or even come into town and buy something."
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After last month's devastating tornadoes in the south, volunteers from around the country are heading to the effected areas. If you want to help out as well, there are a few organizations still looking for help in Alabama:
· The American Red Cross has set up emergency shelters throughout the region. They’re also providing food, blood, emergency-response vehicles and other relief supplies. You can find out about volunteer opportunities at RedCross.org or by visiting your local Red Cross office.
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Flooding has really hampered tourism in Queensland, Australia. But not the actual floods. Although it was one of the continent's worst natural disasters, none of the main tourism spots—including Cairns, Port Douglas, the Whitsundays, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast—were affected by the floods, which occurred more than 620 miles away.
And while tourism officials tried to let travelers know they were open for business, tourists canceled trips Down Under en masse. That means now's the time to book that trip to Australia you've been meaning to take.
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In the wake of the devastating floods that have impacted dozens of communities in Australia, including the city of Brisbane, the country's third largest city, Queensland has put out a call for voluntourists who would be willing to help with the clean up.
So far, there has been a great response from volunteers around the world, but it will take months before Queensland is back on its feet. If you're game to go Down Under and lend a hand, here's how to get involved:
Chile has done such a good job with recovery after the February 27th earthquake, that destroyed more than half a million homes, that they have requested little help from the rest of the world. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t volunteer and travel opportunities still available within the country.
If you want to volunteer in Chile, there are several established agencies that are always looking for volunteers to work with societies most vulnerable, children and the elderly. One of these organizations, Escuela Fronteras, accepts Spanish-speaking volunteers for one or two months of volunteering in orphanages, teaching English or working with charity groups that help those in need throughout Chile. Escuela Fronteras will match you with the right opportunity based on your interests, what you want to experience while you’re there, when you can travel and how much you can afford to spend. You can get started planning your trips at Efronteras.com/volunteer.