Disaster Resources

West Central Initiative is part of a group of foundations working on disaster preparedness, called PPREP (Philanthropic Preparedness, Resiliency and Emergency Partnership). The group represents a 10-state Midwestern region of the United States, roughly correlating with the watershed of the Missouri River. 

As part of this effort, WCI staff members are meeting with emergency managers from the nine counties. Our role is to help the emergency managers inform the public, assist when necessary, and help funnel financial resources to the area in need.

Here is a list of resources for disaster preparedness and disaster assistance.

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  • Use this website to motivate, to get started, to refine and improve a disaster recovery plan for your organization.

  • The University of Minnesota Extension has put together a resource that gives families the tools they need to recover financially after a disaster.

  • MNVOAD works to foster more effective service to people who have been, or may be in the future, affected by disaster through Communication, Coordination, Cooperation, Collaboration, convening mechanisms and outreach.

  • FEMA’s mission is to support citizens and first responders in the preparation for, protection against, response to and recovery from disasters.

  • Typically thought of as a shelter for animals, the Humane Society also provides resources pet owners can use to plan for their pets’ safety in the event of a disaster. The organization even has information on disaster preparedness for livestock.

  • ECHO is a Minnesota based organization that specializes in multi-language communications in the areas of health, safety, emergency readiness and civic engagement in order to serve the state’s immigrant and refugee population.

  • The SBA provides disaster recovery assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes.

  • After a disaster, call WCI immediately to host and promote disaster relief funds for online and traditional giving.

Child Care Provider Emergency Preparedness Resources