When disaster strikes, communities are often overwhelmed by a tsunami of misdirected generosity. In fact, some professional disaster responders cite unsolicited donations and swarms of untrained volunteers as the hardest part of disaster relief. Learn how you can really help during a recovery effort.
Question 1 of 20
What percentage of items donated after a disaster cannot be used?
Question 2 of 20
Which of the following items was NOT among the strange and useless donations cited in an NPR story about donation waste?
Question 3 of 20
What term do disaster responders use to describe the glut of unusable donations that pour into disaster areas?
Question 4 of 20
Which of the following useless donations arrived in Florida after Hurricane Charlie ravaged the coastline in 2004?
Question 5 of 20
Following the tragic earthquake and tsunami that punished Japan in 2011, relief workers complained of receiving too many blankets, too much clothing and which of the following odd items?
Question 6 of 20
In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, relief workers were flooded with donations of which of the following items from well-meaning animal lovers?
Question 7 of 20
In the wake of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, philanthropists donated millions to build orphanages for children who had lost their parents in the horrific destruction. What was the unintended result?
Question 8 of 20
What donated item do all disaster relief agencies agree is the best kind of donation?
Question 9 of 20
True or false: If you're donating money to a disaster relief agency, it is best to earmark the funds (specify how they should be used) to avoid mismanagement.
Question 10 of 20
Which country refused outside aid in the wake of a natural disaster?
Question 11 of 20
Awareness of local conditions and customs is particularly important when donating physical items after a disaster. Which of the following is NOT a real disaster donation reported by relief agencies?
Question 12 of 20
True or false: After the deadly 1988 hurricane in Honduras, a plane carrying critical medical supplies couldn't land at the airport because the runway was clogged with unsolicited donations.
Question 13 of 20
Which of the following commonly donated items is almost never needed after a disaster?
Question 14 of 20
One of these donated food items is very useful after a disaster. Which is it?
Question 15 of 20
Which of the following items would be the best thing to give following a major natural disaster with a lot of casualties and injuries?
Question 16 of 20
If you want to donate money after a disaster, who should you donate it to?
Question 17 of 20
True or false: After a major natural disaster, volunteer help is no longer necessary after the first six months.
Question 18 of 20
One of the best ways to help out during a disaster is to prepare ahead of time. Which of the following is NOT recommended by disaster relief groups?
Question 19 of 20
Disaster preparedness is not only good for you and your family but also for the economy. According to economists, every dollar spent on disaster preparedness saves how many dollars in disaster relief?
Question 20 of 20