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Community Foundation partners with Office of Emergency Services to be disaster ready

Disaster Relief Fund hopes to distribute donations during emergencies.

Information provided by Community Foundation Grants and Projects Manager Salina Chacon.

The Community Foundation for San Benito County and the County of San Benito Office of Emergency Services are excited to announce their partnership for a Disaster Preparedness Plan to benefit the residents of San Benito County.

Our community is susceptible to numerous human-caused or natural disasters that could potentially occur with little or no warning. After a disaster, the public often feels compelled to provide commodity donations to help those affected by the incident. Experience has shown that these types of donations often hinder disaster response and increase the logistical coordination required for management. In a majority of cases, these donations are not appropriate to meet the needs of disaster victims, are used or unsafe, and are not able to be utilized. 

Monetary donations are much more effective at meeting the needs of victims while ensuring disaster response remains efficient. As a result, the Community Foundation for San Benito County has created a Disaster Relief Fund to receive monetary donations and distribute them to the causes and nonprofits that are the most appropriate at the time of an emergency or disaster. They are providing county residents with an organized and cohesive donation platform ensuring those who are impacted by an emergency can receive specific goods or services that are required.

The foundation and the county will work together to ensure that disaster response is strategic and effective and that donors will have a local, trusted source to contribute monetary donations. The San Benito County Office of Emergency Services will prepare the county to effectively and efficiently respond to, and recover from, any hazard or threat, as well as provide public education services in advance.

A platform that is available 24/7 will ensure funds are available when the need arises. Please consider a donation today–it will help someone in need during our next disaster. 

Online donations can be made at givesanbenito.org, or via check to:

Community Foundation for San Benito County

829 San Benito Street, Ste 200

Hollister, CA 95023

 

 

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