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Making a Difference

Flood waters. Cyclones. Wildfires. Ice storms. And that's just the past few months.

Whenever we start to become complacent about the idea of preparing for disaster, we see yet another reason why preparedness - and response - is so critical. This year we have seen disasters both in our own country and in the rest of the world. The wildfires in California robbed many of their homes. The cyclone in Bangladesh robbed many of their lives. Health crises continue to resonate across the planet.

But we would not be in this profession if we did not think our efforts make a difference. As emergency management and business continuity professionals, we work daily to ensure we prepare our homes, businesses and communities for emergencies.

Still, there are many people at home and abroad who are far less fortunate than we are. At this special time of year, it's important to remember to share some of our own blessings with others around us. It's about more than just spreading a message of preparedness — it is about making a difference.

Each year, we challenge our Continuity e-GUIDE readers to rise to the occasion and help make a difference. Sometimes, it means simply making room in your life for one more needy person. Other times, it means giving time, money or supplies needed to bring relief to other parts of the world.

Whatever the choice you make, we urge you to make a difference. Below, we've listed some incredible organizations that need our help. We hope you consider giving your support to one of these organizations and bring relief and joy to someone else's life.

We wish you all the best this holiday season, and thank you all for reading our Continuity e-GUIDE this year. We look forward to joining you again on Wednesday, January 9, 2008.

The Continuity e-GUIDE team

There are many outstanding programs offering both outreach to others and disaster relief across the globe. Here, we are spotlighting just a few of those organizations that are making a difference. In addition to the organizations we've highlighted, we have also provided a comprehensive list of many more organizations that need our help. We urge you to consider making a commitment to the organization of your choice.

American Red Cross

Each year, the American Red Cross responds immediately to more than 70,000 disasters, including house or apartment fires (the majority of disaster responses), hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents, explosions and other natural and man-made disasters. Red Cross disaster relief focuses on meeting people's immediate emergency disaster-caused needs. When a disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, and health and mental health services to address basic human needs. In addition to these services, the core of Red Cross disaster relief is the assistance given to individuals and families affected by disaster to enable them to resume their normal daily activities independently.

Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders is an international independent medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries. Often the first aid organization to arrive on the scene of a disaster, the organization says its volunteer doctors, nurses, logisticians, water-and-sanitation experts, administrators and other medical and non-medical professionals depart on more than 3,800 aid missions per year.

Christian Disaster Response

International relief agency Christian Disaster Response International is an interdenominational disaster relief program of One Way Ministries. In the event of a disaster, CDR provides disaster assistance through local churches and agencies in the affected area at the request of churches. Offering programs for both national and international disasters, the organization's policy is to assist victims of natural and man-made disasters in the US and in other countries by invitation. CDR will give assistance to disaster victims regardless of race, color or creed.

Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps works amid disasters, conflicts, chronic poverty and instability to unleash the potential of people who can win against nearly impossible odds. Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided $1.3 billion in assistance to people in 100 nations. Supported by headquarter offices in North America, Europe and Asia, the agency's unified global programs employ 3,400 staff worldwide and reach nearly 14.4 million people in more than 35 countries.

Operation Blessing International

Operation Blessing International Relief and Development Corporation (OBI) is a non-profit humanitarian organization based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Since 1978, Operation Blessing International has touched the lives of more than 193.1 million people in 96 countries and all 50 states, providing goods and services valued at more than $1.2 billion. The organization is committed to providing short-term relief and development assistance to economically disadvantaged people and victims of disaster throughout the world. In the United States, Operation Blessing International focuses on providing food, clothing and other material assistance to inner-city and rural families facing financial hardship.

Action Against Hunger:
ADRA International:
Africa Leadership Mocha Club:
Air Serv International:
American Friends Service Committee:
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Inc:
American Jewish World Service:
American Red Cross:
America’s Second Harvest:
Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT):
ARMDI, Israeli Red Cross:
Association for India's Development:
B’nai B’rith International:
Baptist World Aid:
Big Brothers Big Sisters: and
Brother’s Brother Foundation:
Catholic Charities USA:
Catholic Relief Services:
Christian Children's Fund:
Christian Disaster Response:
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee:
Church World Service:
Concern Worldwide:
Convoy of Hope:
Corporation for National and Community Service Disaster Relief Fund:
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption:
Direct Relief International:
Disaster Psychiatry Outreach:
Doctors Without Borders:
Episcopal Relief and Development:
Food for the Hungry, Inc.:
Feed the Children:
Habitat for Humanity International:
Heart to Heart International:
Humane Society of the United States:
International Aid:
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies:
International Medical Corps:
International Orthodox Christian Charities:
International Relief Teams:
International Rescue Committee:
Islamic Relief Worldwide:
Kick Start:
Latter-Day Saint Charities:
Lutheran World Relief:
MAP International:
Mennonite Disaster Service:
Mercy Corps:
Nazarene Disaster Response:
National Mentoring Partnership:
Network for Good:
Northwest Medical Teams:
Operation Blessing International:
Operation USA:
Oxfam America:
Oxfam International:
Plan USA:
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance:
Prison Fellowship International:
Project Concern International:
Project HOPE:
Relief International:
Salvation Army:
Save the Children USA:
Share Our Strength:
Stop Hunger Now:
U.N. World Food Programme:
Water Missions International:
World Concern:
World Emergency Relief:
World Hope International:
World Relief:
World Vision:


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