It’s difficult to know what you’re going to need after a disaster hits. We do know that no matter what devastation may occur, you’ll always need basic necessities like food, clothing and shelter. Having easy access to these things can help relieve a huge burden. Here are some clothing resources you can access in your own community should you ever need to use them.

Salvation Army Family Emergency Services

This program is a great resource to keep in mind. If you’re struggling financially, or have been hit with any kind of crisis, reach out to your local division of The Salvation Army. Each state has multiple locations and they have a number of resources that can help you with emergency assistance and homelessness prevention. This means they will help you find emergency shelter if you ever need it. They also help with rent/mortgage payments, utility bills, medicine, food and clothing. Additionally, the SA can also assist you with transportation by providing funds for public transport or bus passes. Feel free to ask how they can help you further. You can search for your local branch by clicking here.

Red Cross

The American Red Cross provides a number of essential services for people in the wake of disaster. Their website states, “The Red Cross responds to emergencies in order to meet the urgent needs of those affected by disaster. Our focus is to ensure those impacted are provided safe shelter, food, emotional support, health services, and critical relief items. Once emergent needs are met the Red Cross works one-on-one with clients to help them plan their recovery.” This is a great resource for your immediate needs. You can contact them by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Clothing Closets

Have you ever heard of a clothing closet? An article written for explains what they are by saying, “These charities operate in most major cities and towns. While the exact types of goods or financial assistance provided by each center will vary greatly, in general a clothing bank or closet is a low cost or free store where qualified customers can both browse and shop for needed items.” What kind of items can you find in these establishments? The article goes on to say, “Examples of what may be distributed include high quality clothing, accessories, shoes, bedding, linens, work attire, winter attire, boots, personal supplies, and even books. Some may pass out gift certificates as well for more specific clothes that also help a low income family pay for the stuff they need.” For a list of the 40+ states and their subsequent counties that have these organizations set up, click here.

It’s hard to predict when a disaster will occur, but it’s extremely comforting to know where to go and who to call if there is one. Take note of these resources and develop a plan for how you’ll respond if you ever find yourself in the aftermath of a disaster.

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