How to Help after a Natural Disaster

America has been experiencing a whirlwind of a week with the Presidential Election and the aftermath of Sandy and as citizens, we are all trying to do our part. The media’s coverage of the aftermath of Sandy really makes it hard to stand by and do nothing to help the families and business who have been affected by the devastation. So I wanted to help offer some ways in which we can offer assistance and know that it is actually going to the cause in which it is intended for.

Although, many of the services and help groups are inundated with calls and above all, helping the communities impacted, they may not be easy to reach or immediately able to provide the most helpful information on how to assist. Social media helps play a vital role in major events and this is no exception, follow organizations like AmeriCares and Occupy Sandy on Facebook and Twitter. They will have links and other options and ways to help in addition to receiving updates if you sign up for them. Many of your local stores, churches and schools may be participating as well.

I was relieved to hear that homeowners would be receiving mortgage assistance through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guaranteed loans. It’s so nice to hear the different ways the communities are coming together in this time of need.

Here are some other related sites and links that may be of assistance:

Connect to a local occupation to help aid those in need.

Realtors Relief Foundation – Realtors are doing their part to give back!

American Red Cross

Salvation Army

How Sandy affects area homeowners



Norma Mardelli

Top 2% Coldwell Banker Internationally Luxury Homes Specialist Representing: Pasadena, San Marino, La Cañada, South Pasadena, Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Altadena, San Gabriel, Alhambra, Glendale, La Crescenta