Non-Governmental Organizations

There are many relevant non-governmental organizations that aid in disaster recovery, some of which are described in this section.

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross responds to disasters 365 days a year and can help assist impacted individuals with their immediate emergency needs. Go to Red Cross  and click on “Get Help” or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The ASPCA offers temporary sheltering assistance and funding to qualified animal welfare organizations and government agencies whose communities suffer the impact of natural and other disasters. Contact your local animal shelter for additional information.

Feeding America
Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, delivers food to communities impacted by tornadoes, storms, hurricanes, flooding, and wildfire.

Lutheran Disaster Response
Lutheran Disaster Response collaborates with other disaster response organizations and religious entities in the United States. Some key areas of work include providing emotional and spiritual support, coordinating volunteers through local affiliates, and providing long-term recovery efforts by addressing unmet needs months or even years after a disaster strikes.

The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army may provide temporary assistance for families in need, including vouchers for rent, emergency aid, and legal aid. For information on services provided by the Salvation Army

Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Your local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) may be able to provide help after a wildfire or natural disaster. For a listing of your SWCDs, visit the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts or call (916) 457-7904.

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
The UMCOR is a nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian relief and disaster response to communities in the United States and worldwide that have been affected by a crisis or are in chronic need. When responding to a disaster in the United States, UMCOR provides training for teams of volunteers, financial assistance to the affected communities, expertise in disaster response, and networking with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), experts, local government, and other organizations that can help communities recover from disaster.