Most people don’t realize the amount of immediate emergency funding necessary to survive the next 7 to 10 days following a disaster. While people from all walks of life are potential victims, more often than not it is the low-income neighborhoods that end up with the most devastation and the most need for financial support.
Decades of experience in disaster relief work and dealing with insurance companies have made us very aware of the challenges in providing prompt emergency finances. We also have a very good idea of who usually needs help the fastest. The majority of the time, individuals living in high income neighborhoods are usually more prepared and have sufficient finances to overcome any immediate negative impact.
Unfortunately, the mid- to low-income neighborhoods tend to be impacted the most and often require the most immediate attention. Of course, these are not the only areas we focus on; but as we work with local community leaders, we see time and again the huge impact just a few hundred dollars can have for families in such neighborhoods.
We Are Very Selective About Who Receives Assistance and How Much
This is why we work directly with local community leaders. They typically know the victims or, at least, are familiar with the neighborhoods where the natural disaster has taken place. This is one way we obtain a somewhat accurate idea on the actual needs, costs, and how much financial aid victims will need to cover their necessities until more support from other organizations can arrive.