Gift of the Givers on Standby for KZN Floods
Disaster management teams in various municipalities in South Africa always go beyond the call of duty when faced by challenges of intense storms or runaway fires. Many of Gift of the Givers volunteers are personnel that come from these municipalities. In addition we have a large pool of private volunteers that can intervene locally if necessary.
In South Africa our disaster response policy is clear: we support disaster management teams with our own personnel only if such a request is received. There is no need for duplication. We work within the system for better co-ordination. We currently have 30 personnel on standby. In terms of logistical support in the current KZN floods we can assist with helicopters (if any area is not accessible), ambulances, vehicles and general rescue equipment.
Gift of the Givers will provide humanitarian aid directly to communities and families who suffered severe material loss in the current storm. These include blankets, plastic sheeting, new clothing, shoes, food, baby milk, linen, dishes, stationery, diapers, sanitary pads, school clothing and other relevant items. Those in need of assistance can call our toll free number 0800786911.
BAC Helicopter Services sponsors an aerial view for Gift of the Givers teams to assess storm damage in Durban and surroundings.
Our team went to Bottlebrush Informal Settlement in Chatsworth thereafter. 80 homes along both sides of the riverbank were completely washed away, 200 people need assistance.