As hurricane Florence unleashes torrents of water on the Carolinas, and Super Typhoon Mangkhut threatens over 12 million people in The Philippines and Hong Kong, Uzima Water Filters stands ready to deliver life-saving water filters through our network of partners in disaster relief and logistics.
Key to this readiness is cooperation and collaborative preparation in the days and weeks leading up to these (and other) disasters. Since we don’t know when, where, or how disasters will strike, we work together with a variety of other organizations to ensure a timely and appropriate response when called upon.
As these storms began to approach land, we reached out not only to the organizations we knew would be responding, but also to donors and funding organizations who have contributed toward disaster response in the past or have expressed an interest in doing so. While we can’t be sure what needs will be presented by these storms, we can stand at the ready to respond to any water filtration needs in these communities. Right now, in our Atlanta warehouse, pallets of UZ-BP backpack water filters and UZ-1 household water filters are ready to be delivered to the hardest hit areas.
Yet, there’s so much more we could do. We know that in addition to the large national and multi-national disaster relief organizations, there are armies of individuals, business owners, and smaller non-profits, many locally based in the areas expected to be impacted, who are doing their own preparations. They are ready to help their neighbors with whatever financial and other resources they have.
Filling In The Gaps
These small efforts are an incredible complement to the work of FEMA, UN, Red Cross, and other large organizations. When people and needs fall through the cracks of these large efforts, it’s the “little guys” who often fill in those gaps.
So, if you or someone you know runs a small non-profit or business committed to helping in times of disaster, please contact us and let’s talk about how we can help with these storms, and how we can prepare for future disasters. If you would like to donate toward our ongoing disaster relief efforts, you can give online here.
We stand ready. You stand ready. Together, we can be better prepared to respond on the worst of days.
For more information about Uzima Water Filters, visit uzimafilters.org