City of Goodyear, Arizona
For Immediate Release: Feb. 19, 2010
After the storm...
Long-term recovery efforts begin
Secure account management offered by organizations
GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (Feb. 19, 2010) The havoc wreaked by severe winter storms last month is still being felt in communities across the state, with many residents still struggling to get back on their feet.
Communities all over Arizona are beginning to organize resources and form Long-Term Recovery Organizations in order to best address the specific needs of their area. Black Canyon City and Tonto Basin are two of the areas that were particularly hard hit, and can serve as excellent examples for others.
Long-Term Recovery Organizations bring local organizations, businesses, and faith-based partner representatives together with organizations that are part of Arizona Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (AzVOAD), including the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest, to provide for disaster-related unmet needs not addressed by insurance or government programs.
Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest provides professional case management services to disaster survivors by collaborating with Lutheran congregations, ecumenical partners, and local VOAD. There is special emphasis on helping individuals and families establish a personal Long-Term Disaster Recovery Plan. The plan often includes securing resources, spiritual and emotional care, and acquiring financial support from many sources. Disaster survivors with remaining unmet recovery needs can call 480-332-5589 for assistance.
As an AzVOAD participant in the Long-Term Recovery Organization, Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest, which is based in Arizona, is offering its fiduciary oversight to help manage cash donations that are being made by generous citizens.
There are advantages to non-profit organizations managing cash donations. With Lutheran Social Services serving as account steward, contributions are tax deductible and can be securely made online. Donations can be made by going to the Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest Web site at http://www.lss-sw.org/ and clicking on the "Donate" button.
Visit the Arizona Emergency Information Network Web site, www.azein.gov, for incident information, including links to the recovery resources. Visitors can also find detailed steps on how to get all-hazard ready.