Ebola Epidemic Disaster Relief
The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest Ebola outbreak in history and the first Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This outbreak is the first Ebola epidemic the world has ever known – affecting multiple counties in West Africa, and now recently arrived in Dallas. On August 8, WHO declared that the current Ebola outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. (For in depth coverage of the beginnings of this current outbreak that began to gather steam in March 2014 through October 4, see The Washington Post.
For more information on the magnitude of the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa, click HERE.
CDC and partners are working fervently around the current Dallas cases to prevent further spread of the virus. CDC has deployed teams of public health experts to West Africa and Dallas, will continue to provide experts to all affected areas.
Whether you have time, talent, or treasure to contribute, your resources are of great value NOW, to those affected in Dallas and beyond.
Three ways to support Ebola relief:
If you have TIME: Purchase or contribute the following nonperishable, unexpired food items for Vickery Meadow residents in need (canned fruits, veggies, pasta, meats, soups, beans, boxes of mac & cheese, peanut butter, jelly, shelf-stable milk, corn, canned pasta, canned stews, canned salmon/tuna, canned chicken, pork & beans, white rice), and drop them at the collection pod located in Temple Emanu-El’s parking lot located at the corner of Northwest Highway and Hillcrest (enter on Hillcrest).
If you have TIME and TALENT: Volunteer to serve with one of the nonprofits in the Vickery Meadow area, as they are currently short on volunteers during this time of heightened need. Ellen Mata from Northpark Presbyterian Church has offered to coordinate placement, matchmaking of skills and interest with need –contact her at (214) 363-5457.
If you have TREASURE (aka, money to contribute):
- Communities Foundation of Texas Disaster Relief Fund is accepting donations to support the greatest evolving needs locally during the time period in which our community is affected. Following the end of needs in Dallas, monies will be sent to support oversees efforts. If you choose to donate to this fund, you additionally have the option to DESIGNATE whether you specifically wish your contribution to be spent locally, internationally, or for either option (more information below).
- Doctors Without Borders works in nearly 70 countries providing medical aid to those most in need regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation, and are always involved in disaster situations with crucial medical care. Click here to visit their website.
- Save The Children supports children and families around the world affected by disaster. Click here to visit their website.
- Center for Disaster Philanthropy has launched a fund for donors wishing to make an impact and help to stop the spread of this virus for which there is no cure. Center for Disaster Philanthropy Ebola Action Fund will identify high performing and effective nonprofit organizations involved in the Ebola outbreak. While governments search for an effective medical vaccine safe for all, the Fund will also identify ongoing significant unmet need. See more at the Disaster Philanthropy website.
CFT's Strategy on Disaster Relief
An effective response, regardless of where a natural disaster occurs, requires sustained involvement on behalf of donors, responding organizations and a myriad of other actors. The bulk of disaster dollars are often allocated during the emergency humanitarian relief phase (with a focus on emergency food, shelter, water, sanitation and health care). Emergency relief is vital. Still, experts agree that disaster relief dollars are insufficient to meet the medium- and long-term needs of disaster-affected communities. CFT recommends responding to the complete timeline of the disaster management effort: from immediate relief to recovery, and then to reconstruction and rebuilding.
In evaluating potential funding partners, CFT follows four key considerations:
- Experience – relevant, pre-existing presence in the affected location and an understanding of the community context prior to the disaster.
- Comprehensive Plan – ability to effectively meet the needs based on the current relief situation and with the capacity to develop and then implement a robust recovery plan.
- Sustained Impact – potential to reduce poverty and improve the lives of affected people – moving them beyond where they were pre-disaster.
- Effectively Partner – strong understanding of the landscape of actors working in the recovery effort and the ability to work closely with the range of national, international and community based organizations involved in the disaster response.
CFT's approach to long-term rebuilding efforts