This a great organization, Recovers.org, that matches volunteers with people affected by disasters. The helpful supporting the helpless. The organization and website has a key starting point - - communities need to have disaster preparedness sites in place before clamity strikes.
Enginees have an important part in this process. From volunteering to setting up your community Recovers.org site - - this is about developing resilience and supportive communities at the grassroots level. It is about citizen-led groups having the ability to go much faster than offical channels.