AAFA volunteers and staff nationwide extend our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims of disasters. We hope the following compilation of resources will help guide patients, health care providers, and volunteers on the frontlines caring for the victims.
Feel free to call AAFA toll free at 1-800-7-ASTHMA (1-800-727-8462) if you have a specific question about asthma and allergies. You may also use our Ask the Allergist online system for advice.
Kids With Food Allergies Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Readiness Committee
Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), has created a Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Readiness Committee that will address the needs of the over twelve million people in the United States with faood allergies, and the 20 million who suffer from asthma. Visit http://community.kidswithfoodallergies.org/blog/how-to-help-families-with-food-allergies-affected-by-the-oklahoma-tornado to learn more.
Government Information & Resources
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers a variety of resources to help people deal with natural disasters. FEMA supports citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Below is a list of resources to help better prepare and deal with natural disasters.
Other useful Web sites with government information about natural disasters are:
Health Insurance Information
The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is a reliable source for information about the State Children's Health Insurance Programs, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act to accommodate the health care needs of beneficiaries and providers in areas affected by natural disasters. More information, including a series of Frequently Asked Questions for Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP providers and beneficiaries is available online at www.cms.hhs.gov/
Health care providers can obtain additional information by contacting Colleen Carpenter in CMS's Atlanta regional office at (404) 562-7242, or Paula Hammond in the Dallas regional office at (214) 767-8123.
Information on Volunteering
There are many ways you can volunteer to help those affected by natural disasters. Every effort helps whether you donate your time, money, or resources.
A good place to start is the American Red Cross. Visit www.redcross.org to gather information about how you can volunteer your services in the event of a natural disaster.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is also involved in mobilizing and identifying volunteers by linking individuals to several national voluntary organizations, a list of which is available at www.nvoad.org/ You can also call FEMA to volunteer at 1-800-440-6728.
Other Useful Links
HUD Disaster Resources