Disaster Relief

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Update posted 3 weeks ago

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Ask the UN to Provide Better Support for the Philippines in their Battle with Typhoons

The Philippines is stuck in a nonstop battle with typhoons, and they need more help. Your signature below will show the UN that they need to step in. Whether it be through disaster relief training programs that have been used by groups like FEMA, or through direct supplying of resources for the people of areas that are to be hit by typhoons, the UN could do more. The government of the Philippines, while they need to change as well, can only do so much, as international support seems to be the only reasonable solution to the problems of the Philippines. On the economic side of the issues of the Philippines, training programs can also be put in place in order to better teach officials in the Philippines how to direct the right amount of spending to disaster relief and preparedness. One of the biggest problems facing the economy of the Philippines doesn’t even have to do with natural disasters, but when combined with them, can make for a truly negative impact. In my search for data, I found that weak infrastructure has been affecting the Philippines negatively (Heritage, 2022), and as a result of this, makes the economy of the Philippines weak to typhoons. When a single typhoon can cost the Philippines upwards of $5 billion (Reid, 2018), spending needs to be closely monitored, and that is where the UN can step in to assist. By signing this petition, you take a stand with the people of the Philippines who don’t have the leadership required to responsibly handle the effects of typhoons on their economy. Thank you!

Gabriel Armas
100 supporters
Started 7 months ago

Petition to Dayton Residents, Long Term Recovery Operations Group, The Dayton Foundation

Stop $1​.​1mil Waste of Funds Donated to Dayton Tornado Relief

After the devastating Memorial Day Tornadoes of 2019, the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund was collected by neighbors, for neighbors in order to fund disaster recovery efforts.  Maybe you were a donor. Maybe you were a tornado victim. Maybe you’re a concerned citizen. If you’re reading this, I think you should know that the $1.1 million dollars left in its balance — 38% of the total collected, we think, as The Dayton Foundation has been non-transparent —is about to be distributed to purposes not dedicated to Disaster Recovery. The money is going to be quietly funelled away. We must not let it happen. Those in charge of the Fund have decided that the recovery efforts are completed. You only have to take a walk around the townships affected to see that the work is far from over. All of the photos attached to this campaign were taken today. The Fund states that “one hundred percent of donations to the fund will be distributed to vetted nonprofit organizations.” This is demonstrably false. How do I know this? I work for a local housing nonprofit that has been assisting Dayton residents with home repairs for over 26 years. I can tell you firsthand that I received over 84 rejections when I applied on behalf of our clients for additional funding. Though we are the nonprofit organization who has completed the most disaster recovery home repair projects in the area, we won't receive any of the $1.1 million to continue Disaster Recovery efforts. Our most recent request was met with a 2-sentence rejection on behalf of three deserving homeowners with verified tornado damage. The group in charge of managing the Disaster Recovery efforts is the Long Term Recovery Operations Group. They are not supposed to control the nonprofit organizations who are assisting in tornado recovery efforts, but rather come alongside and support us, providing resources and additional funding. Instead, they are withholding funding, rejecting deserving people, and wasting over a million dollars.  The Group is composed of people with no experience in home repair and rebuild efforts, with a loaned executive at its head. Instead of letting us do our job and do it well, the Group has actively prevented nonprofit organizations from assisting people. The Group was meant to serve the community, not take control. Instead, they quickly changed their own by-laws to prevent changes of "elected" leadership and solidified their control over the process. They set an arbitrary deadline for assistance of August of 2020, when assistance was actually available until December 2021, and they had no plans of dissolving until October 2021. Perhaps that is why — as they sent us rejection after rejection — they were unable to spend down the majority of the Fund, or use the donated materials. They have refused various organizations access to any of those donated materials — pallets and pallets of shingles, siding, and supplies — that are currently wasting away in a warehouse. Instead, they focused on building brand new homes for renters impacted by the tornadoes rather than repairing the over ⅓ of properties that are still damaged.As an organization, we began personally began cold-calling homeowners ourselves, and found over 51 people who we were able to assist in the last 5 months alone.  As you can probably guess, we were told to stop reaching out to people. In response to this Petition, the Group will tell you that they have “closed out” all eligible cases — meaning that they’ve already helped anyone impacted by the Memorial Day Tornadoes.  What they will not tell you is that they rejected hundreds of people due to “deferred maintenance” — meaning that if there was already a leak in a garage roof before the tornadoes struck, which was made infinitely worse, they received no help at all. This is a practice that has been long since abandoned by FEMA and is widely believed to be discriminatory.In addition, when you call in, they might tell you that the funding is still for tornado relief. But they won't give it out to us.We have contacted state and local representatives, the news media, and other nonprofits and for-profit organizations, but we’re screaming into the wind. No one will report our story, while the wealthy and well-connected in our community dictate who gets help and who doesn't. The people in charge have more connections than we do.  That’s why we need your help. We have to show them that this is something Dayton residents — and our friends across the country — truly care about. If you were a donor to the fund, impacted by the Memorial Day Tornadoes, or simply want to bring this matter to attention, please sign our petition to STOP the dissolution of the Fund immediately and open an inquiry into its improper use.

Alex Mattackal
345 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Joe Biden's COVID-19 Advisory Board

Click Now to Advocate for Robust Mental Health Expertise on Biden COVID-19 Advisory Board

Broad-spectrum, necessary mental health expertise is currently under-represented on the Biden Administration's forming COVID-19 Advisory Board. Thankfully, Ms. Hopkins, an accomplished and experienced mental health nurse from Seattle, has been added to this Advisory as of late November 2020. She has long experience as a bedside nurse, and with MH advocacy. However, additional psychiatric expertise is needed, including physicians, psychologists, and allied mental health professions including nursing, social work and community-based and peer counseling. In particular, deep expertise in disaster mental health and neuropsychiatry is needed. Experience in the mental health dimensions of crisis and the neuropsychiatric consequences of medical disease is required to properly serve the citizens of the United States given the emerging mental health dimensions of this pandemic. Please see here for relevant information and additional detail Thank you for your support.     Grant H. Brenner Vibrant Disaster and Crisis Response Committee Co-Chair; Co-Chair, Disasters, Trauma and Global Health Committee, Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry; CEO, Neighborhood Psychiatry; Assistant Clinical Professor, Mount Sinai Beth Israel   Sponsors Vibrant Emotional Health - Kimberly Williams, President & CEO, Vibrant Emotional Health Committee on Disaster, Trauma and Global Health, Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry Please contact me to inquire about sponsoring this petition.

Grant Brenner
322 supporters