When natural disasters strike, our Helping Hands Disaster Relief Fund is here to help.
Its purpose is simple: provide community members who are displaced or impacted by a natural disaster with immediate financial relief. Dealing with a hurricane, wildfire or earthquake is challenging for anyone; relocating your family and ensuring everyone鈥檚 safety when someone has a bleeding disorder presents an entirely more complicated scenario. From access to and storage of factor to infusion regiments, a bleeding disorder presents tangible challenges in these scenarios. The financial implications of living with a bleeding disorder have a profound impact on many in our community and the hit of a natural disaster on one鈥檚 home only makes matters worse.
Our community has a long history of rallying around our families in need and this fund, officially founded in 2017 as a response to the nation鈥檚 unprecedented number of national disasters taking place, expands upon our legacy of helping bleeding disorders community members experiencing financial hardship during a time of cri颅sis.
When hurricane Harvey pummeled Texas and Louisiana, Irma wreaked havoc on Florida and Maria devastated the entirety of Puerto Rico and caused a humanitarian crisis, our disaster Relief Fund was there. When a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Puerto Rico, our Disaster Relief Fund was there. As fires burned acres of the state of California, our Disaster Relief Fund was there.
Our Disaster Relief Fund will be there for you when you need it most.
DONATE TO THE FUND
This fund relies on the generosity of donors like you. Your donation will have a profound impact on our community. From buying a tarp to cover a hole in a roof after a hurricane damaged it, to purchasing a new refrigerator so a family can safely store their factor, our Disaster Relief program is here to help when community members need it the most.
Often, we work directly with the local Member Organizations to ensure that the community knows of our services and to identify community members who need assistance.
We have a long history of providing emergency financial assistance. You can trust us to be good stewards of your donation; we鈥檒l get it in the hands of those who need it most.
Our Disaster Relief Fund assists with needs such as temporary housing, replacement of necessary home items, household bills and necessities like food and clothing. We pride ourselves on providing a focused, empathetic and efficient application process for people experiencing natural disasters. Assistance provided is based on expressed needs, documentation, and the sole and exclusive determination of HFA staff. The amount and method of funding will be determined based on the applicant鈥檚 need and disaster situation.
When disaster strikes, we reach out directly to the locally run, state-based Member Organizations to remind them of our program and to help identify areas of need.
To qualify for aid, the applicant must:
- Have an聽eligible bleeding disorder聽or live in the same physical household as a person with a bleeding disorder.
- Reside in the U.S. or a U.S. territory.
- Resides in and has been impacted by an officially designated federal or state disaster area as determined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or the National Weather Service. Natural disasters include wildfire, hurricane, tornado, flood, earthquake, and more.
This fund does not assist with:
- Medically-related expenses including medical bills, dental bills, insurance premiums, co-pays, medications, or treatments
- Legal bills or fees
- Cable bills
- Computers, computer hardware, or similar devices
- Any debt incurred prior to the disaster
- Any other expense deemed as non-essential by HFA
Eligible referrers include:
- Physician, nurse or social worker聽from an HTC or other healthcare organization that cares for the person with the bleeding disorder
- Representative from a national, regional, state or local bleeding disorder organization
- Homecare/pharmacy representative
Referrers cannot be a relative or employer of the applicant. Self-referral is accepted with proof of bleeding disorder diagnosis (i.e., Letter from medical provider, copy of medical visit notes, etc).
How to submit a referral:
- Submit a referral online and state that the need is related to a recent natural disaster.
- If you have trouble with the online form, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you face internet challenges, call HFA at (202) 675-6984.
For more information, email聽helpinghands@hemophiliafed.org.
Need emotional support?
The Disaster Distress Helpline provides crisis counseling and support for distress related to disaster. It is open to everyone, including survivors of disasters; loved ones of victims; first responders; rescue, recovery, and relief workers; clergy; and parents and caregivers. You may call or text for yourself or on behalf of someone else.
- 1-800-985-5990 (press 2 for Spanish)
- Text TalkWithUs for English to 66746
- Text Hablanos for Spanish
- Text Hablanos to 1-787-339-2663S if you are a Spanish speaker from Puerto Rico