Understanding the problem
Ask yourself this question; In a U.S. natural disaster are your donations and charitable contributions actually getting to the people in need? Or, are your donations in these programs getting caught up in a never ending government and organizational bureaucracy?
It is time for change
Today, the Red Cross while not funded entirely by the government; portions of its budget comes from donations as well as cost-recovery fees that are charged for some of its services. Because it is categorized as a non-profit, charitable organization, the Red Cross is tax-exempt. The Red Cross is not completely independent of the United States government, guidance, direction or influence however.
FEMA on the other hand is exclusively directed and funded by the government. 100% of it’s grant-in aid funds come from revenue sharing, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Transportation. Grants for disaster preparedness can be used by flood control districts. Many states have disaster relief agencies of their own.
While there is a definite need for both organizations as well as government involvement in disaster recovery, the void still exist for immediate assistance to families and individuals initial needs that have been effected by a natural disaster.
They both boast approximately 90¢ out of each dollar is applied to a person in need, we have estimated that number to be much lower due to bloated organizational infrastructures, expenses, local and state government mismanagement and governmental red tape. As an example just look at the disaster relief and recovery debacle in Porto Rico just this last year.
XWDR (Xtreme Weather Disaster Recovery) fills this void by providing immediate disaster assistance with love, caring, understanding, dignity and vigilance accompanied by organizational accountability and transparency to its contributors.
U.S disasters by the numbers
Human impacts from natural disasters are not fully captured in mortality rates. Injury, homelessness, and displacement can all have a significant impact on populations.
The visualization(s) below shows the number of people displaced internally from natural disasters. Note that these figures report on the basis of new cases of displaced persons: if someone is forced to flee their home from natural disasters more than once in any given year, they will be recorded only once within these statistics.
Injuries: number of people injured is defined as “People suffering from physical injuries, trauma or an illness requiring immediate medical assistance as a direct result of a disaster.”
Homelessness: number of people homeless is defined as “Number of people whose house is destroyed or heavily damaged and therefore need shelter after an event.”
Affected: number of people affected is defined as “People requiring immediate assistance during a period of emergency, i.e. requiring basic survival needs such as food, water, shelter, sanitation and immediate medical assistance.”
XWDR (Xtreme Weather Disaster Recovery) was started in June of 2012 with five volunteers and a one hundred thousand dollar private donation from Xtreme Weather, LLC. and its Managing Members. Since that time, XWDR has participated in and responded to over 30+ Hurricane, Flood, Tornado and Severe Storm disasters located in the United States. XWDR is a Section 501(c) (3) charitable organization, EIN 53-0196605. All donations are deemed tax-deductible absent any limitations on deductibility applicable to a particular taxpayer.
XWDR (Xtreme Weather Disaster Recovery) strives to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of our nations natural disasters by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
XWDR, through its strong organization of staff, communicators, volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action.
Our staff by the numbers
Today, our 35+ XWDR Response Team is comprised 100% of a volunteer staff, 100% of of which are Red Cross, Storm Ready and Critical Response Certified. Notably, 70% of the XWDR Team are former military and or first responders.
Our organizations call to action
Initially after a disaster, XWDR volunteers work with community partners to provide hot meals, snacks and distribute fresh water at community shelters or from XWDR emergency response vehicles in affected neighborhoods. Trained XWDR volunteers are ready to deploy within hours of a U.S. disaster to help.
Ongoing through the disaster recovery process the XWDR Response Team supply: manpower, recovery assistance, first aid, clothing, blankets, cleaning supplies, generators, furniture, bedding, toiletries, building supplies and household essentials.
Our organizational advantage
XWDR is a small, natural disaster specific response team that leverages its ongoing private organizational support agreements and affiliations with several national grocery, hard-goods and hardware chains that donate exclusively through XWDR, food and supplies to effected individuals, families and communities to keep our overhead to (less than) >5%.
We boast that approximately 97¢ out of every dollar donated is applied directly to a person in need.
No one else does this: not the U.S. Government, not other charities. From flood’s to multi-state natural disasters, the XWDR Team goes wherever and whenever we’re needed, so that affected people can have clean water, safe shelter, hot meals and essentials when they need them most.
We provide assistance with love, caring, understanding, dignity, vigilance, accountability and transparency.
Our commitment to full transparency
XWDR provides each donation participant of $100 or more with a quarterly balance sheet, cost analysis, donation overview and disaster coverage review. Part of XWDR’s core organizational belief and founding structure is and always will be “full transparency and accountability” to it’s donation participants.
Our preparedness and education programs
Stay aware, Be informed, Plan Ahead, Take action.
Launched in February 2017, Aware is a National public service campaign designed by XWDR to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement. All current articles
Aware and its Spanish language version Consciente ask individuals to do four key things: (1) stay informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses (2) make a family emergency plan and (3) build an emergency supply kit, and (4) get involved in your community by taking action to prepare for emergencies. Make a plan | Build a preparedness kit
We all can agree that today we live in a social networked world. With our primary social partner Xtreme Weather, Llc., and in conjunction with their numerous affiliated social networking sites, vendors, user group, blogs, websites and podcasts we have launched our 2019 “Stay Weather Aware” campaign. We have concentrated on delivering detailed, extensive and highly informative media to educate the public on how to prepare as well as what to during and after a number of specific natural disaster situations. Get involved
In 2019, XWDR in partnership with some of its affiliated national grocery, hard-goods and hardware chains have started distributing targeted natural disaster preparedness and educational print materials as well (I.E.) pamphlets, leaflets and brochures to better inform the communities where they are located.
Our Current Social Network Distribution
Podcast: Site: https://podcast.xtremeweather.org
Our awareness / alert programs
In 2019 through Xtreme Weather’s podcast vehicle we are decimating current weather and potentially life saving information daily.
Our daily audio severe weather advisories / alerts are provided directly from the National Weather Service and we believe by our listeners staying “Weather Aware” with our alerts could even possibly save their life!
Every citizen should own, or be near an active, alarm-ready Weather Radio. We know that’s not always possible, and this one example is sufficient: Millions of folks work in situations where Weather Radios aren’t available, but computers and mobile devices are handy.
Our audio cast can be heard in English and in Spanish. We also provide closed captioning for the hearing impaired.
Weather in under a minute
A daily U.S. Weather briefing on the days potential weather threats.
Daily Weather Advisories
Severe U.S. weather advisories or critical weather events as they develop.
Tropical weather advisories
A daily tropical advisory throughout the U.S. Tropical storm season.
Special weather advisories, synopsis or alerts
Severe weather is unpredictable and can strike at any moment. These alerts are deployed on our podcast network at a moments notice.
How our technology works
Our weather information is initially derived from: USGS, NOAA, National Weather Service, The National Weather Service; Weather Prediction Center and The National Hurricane Center.
After our redundant severs receive the critical weather or natural disaster information, our proprietary A.I. Engine automatically decimates the information by type, then translates the text information *(Via our TTS engine) into a verbal / voice .mp3 file *(In English and Spanish at this time) and then automatically distributes said information via several podcast, social and media platforms.
When available, (I.E. – Facebook and Youtube) our system provides “Close Captions” support for the hearing impaired. *(please use our social network list) or check podcast CC availability.
Current Podcast platforms
Here is a list of our current podcast distribution platforms
Google Podcast: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9jYzRiMThjL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz
Radio Public: https://radiopublic.com/xtreme-weather-severe-weather-ale-GmVVPN
XW Podcast: https://podcast.xtremeweather.org
We are always looking to expand our reach. If you have any suggestions or would like to help please contact us at: [email protected]
Whats Next, Where will technology take us now?
Today we are working on a 100% A.I. driven weather alert system that will not only derive its information from the NWS, NOAA and others but will be able to interact as well as answer all of your daily weather related questions and concerns. Today this system only delivers one way information but the current delivery chain as well as the (Closed Caption) and Subtitles are all 100% A.I. driven.
Daily Weather Forecast 7/25/2019
Here is your daily weather forcast for 7.25.2019 – Isolated severe thunderstorms may occur Thursday across portions of the northern Plains and upper Midwest. Large hail and damaging winds appear to be the main threats. Meanwhile, monsoonal moisture will produce a localized threat for flash flooding in the Southwest region through at least Friday, while heat risk impacts will continue across portions of the Desert Southwest through at least Sunday.Https://podcast.xtremeweather.orgPlease Support Our Podcast: http://bit.ly/2SGRE1p
Posted by Xtreme Weather on Thursday, July 25, 2019
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