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Sep 9, 20

Autonomous Disaster Relief Efforts Are Organizing in the Face of Wildfires & Hurricanes

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (MADR) presents a list of efforts aimed at combating the recent wave of natural disasters.

There is a growing ecosystem of people-powered disaster relief efforts and mutual aid responses to crises. We consider these folks our extended family and encourage you to generously support these efforts for disaster relief that are rooted in justice, local relationships, and solidarity. In addition to coronavirus, which is a major global disaster in itself, our friends listed below are now responding to multiple overlapping disasters and could really use your support.

EFFORTS NEEDING IMMEDIATE SUPPORT:

HURRICANE LAURA

As we reach out to the hardest hit communities in Louisiana we are compiling a list of immediate needs. Many community members are in the process of assessing damage and attempting to salvage their homes & belongings. Large tarps and heavy duty, stackable plastic bins will be helpful. Other supplies will be used for clean up and general aid. You may contact us directly here or through our e-mail if you have a collection you would like to coordinate getting out to a supply hub. We do ask that people continue to practice social distancing, to wear their masks, and be respectful of other people’s space during these times.

To get involved, fill out the Mutual Aid Disaster Relief volunteer application. Sign up here. And check their social media for different ways to get involved.

IOWA DERECHO

Iowa was devastated by a rare inland hurricane. And our mutual aid and movement friends are responding. Please support them as you are able:

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

Wildfires are again raging in California and Oregon, this time on top of a heat wave, blackouts, and a pandemic. Please consider supporting mutual aid fire relief efforts:

CALIFORNIA

OREGON

  • Symbiosis PDX: Maintaining a resource hub for people to drop off supplies.

  • The Witches PDX: Working to disribute items to impacted communities. Donate here: CashApp: $PDXWitches Venmo: @TheWitches

HURRICANE ISAIAS

Hurricane Isaias caused damage and power outages in a number of locations up the eastern seaboard. Mutual aid relief efforts are underway responding to impacted people’s needs. Here are some mutual aid fundraisers to send some love to:

HURRICANE HANNA

RGV Mutual Aid relief fund serves to provide immediate financial assistance to those impacted by Hurricane Hanna. The Rio Grande Valley is currently battling two crises, hurricane season and the COVID-19 pandemic, and needs your support to provide financial relief to impacted people in Southeast Texas:

MAY 19 FLOODS IN MICHIGAN

Widespread floods in and around Midland, Michigan forced more than 10,000 people to evacuate. Proactive Community Initiative based in Saginaw has been organizing a mutual aid-based response to COVID19 and has been collecting and distributing aid across the affected areas. We really want to uplift their work and show solidarity with them. You can donate to them here:

  • PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8ooSaM7782
  • CashApp: $SistersUnited2016

By Mail: Sisters United CCR LLC
P.O Box 464
Carrolton MI 48724

CORONAVIRUS

For mutual aid responses to coronavirus, click here: https://mutualaiddisasterrelief.org/collective-care/
And for resources to support your mutual aid organizing, click here: https://mutualaiddisasterrelief.org/resources/

FLOODS IN INDONESIA

The floods that hit Masamba, North Luwu Regency, left a lot of pain for the people of Masamba, Indonesia. As a result of Lutra’s flash floods, in addition to 4 thousand homes ravaged, around 6 thousand hectares of agricultural land and plantations were damaged. As a result, the people lost all their agriculture and plantations due to the mudflows. Consider supporting Paramedisjalananmks, a local solidarity not charity disaster relief effort:

LEBANON EXPLOSION

On the afternoon of August 4th, 2020, two explosions occurred at the port of the city of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. The second explosion was extremely powerful, and caused at least 200 deaths, 6,000 injuries, US$10–15 billion in property damage, and left an estimated 300,000 people homeless. Please consider supporting these local, grassroots, relief efforts:

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Mutual Aid Disaster Relief

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief is a grassroots disaster relief network based on the principles of solidarity, mutual aid, and autonomous direct action. MADR envisions strong, vibrant, resilient, connected, and empowered individuals and communities as part of an awakened civil society that will restore hope following crisis, and turn the tide against disaster capitalism and climate chaos, in favor of a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world.

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