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January 1, 2013
Americans are generous and eager to help their neighbors in a crisis - whether those neighbors are next door,across the country, or on the opposite side of the world.
A month after Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeast coast, charities had raised more than $244 million. In the first month after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Americans had contributed more than $246 million to the cause. Charities responding to the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti received more than $709 million in donations in the first month and a total of $1.4 billion within the first year. One month after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, U.S. donors gave more than $1.4 billion which ultimately grew to $6.5 billion during the years that followed.
Here are some ways that local communities can band together to both support the victims of disasters and to make sure they are prepared to meet their own needs in a future crisis:
See the Tips section of our site for more information on how to select a disaster relief charity to support.