When a disaster strikes, people want to help. One thing those affected by the disaster don’t need is the logistical nightmare that is created when a surge of unsolicited donations pour into their communities and overwhelm those tasked with recovery. This phenomenon is often referred to as the “second disaster.”

If you’d like to get involved, before or after a disaster, here are some ways to do so:

Donate Cash

Cash donations allow trusted organizations responding to a disaster or emergency event to quickly and efficiently meet the needs of survivors. View a list of voluntary agencies who are often active in disaster response in Iowa. Charity Navigator is also a valuable resource for learning more about how to give wisely during a crisis.

Donate Goods

As mentioned above, financial contributions are often preferred during a disaster. However, companies and organizations that can match a specific need during an emergency or have access to large volumes of items that may benefit disaster-affected Iowans are encouraged to contact the Iowa Disaster Human Resource Council.


Child holds Disaster Relief sign while others take donations