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Q: How can I invite someone from ATD to speak to my group? 

A: Joy will be pleased to address your group, organization, school, or business. Just can call (304) 834-3966 (ask for Joy); send an email to; leave a comment on ATD's Facebook page by clicking HERE or on the blue Facebook button on this website; or contact her via Facebook Messenger at 


Q: Isn't this something that the Red Cross does? 

A: Yes, sometimes they do. However, (a) the Red Cross is not always notified; (b) sometimes the Red Cross takes a day or so to respond; (c) sometimes the disaster victim does not want the Red Cross notified, for various reasons; (d) purchasing personal care items for a family of three, four, or more, is quite expensive. We provide our ATD Kits directly to the fire departments so they can be immediately given to the victim's family. When the Red Cross provides relief, they generally provide the family with a debit card that can be used for their immediate living expenses. When provided with an ATD Kit, families are free to use their Red Cross funds for clothing, lodging, and food. 


Q: Why do this when there are other disaster relief organizations in West Virginia? 

A: Giving of oneself is an act of kindness. Bigger relief organizations may not get to every family in need. The kits ATD supplies to first responders is an assurance that each family they make contact with is helped in an immediate fashion. 


Q: How can I help? 

A: You can help by purchasing any of the items on the list [HERE] and delivering them to any of our Donation Drop-off Locations. Monetary donations are always welcome and can be dropped off at any of our Donation Drop-off Locations or mailed to our corporate office. Make checks/money orders payable to After The Disaster, Inc. or donate by credit card by clicking on the Donate button at the bottom of any page. 


Q: How much are the fire stations charged to carry the ATD Kits? 

A: Fire stations' budgets are extremely small. ATD provides kits free of charge. Nothing is asked of the firefighters except the kits to be put on a fire truck to be given out at the scene. New kits are given to replace ones that have been distributed. 


Q: How much does an ATD kit cost? 

A: Each kit costs between $10 and $15. 


Q: Why should I donate? 

A: Tragedies happen without warning. In times of stress people need to know that someone cares about what they are going through. You can be that help. One day you might find yourself in a similar situation. Would you want someone caring about your experience and helping you in some small way? Besides, doing something good for someone else makes you feel good! 


Q: How do I get more information? 

A: If you have further questions, you can call (304) 834-3966 (ask for Joy); send an email to; leave a comment on ATD's Facebook page by clicking HERE or on the blue Facebook button on this website; or send a question via Facebook Messenger at 


Q: Where is After The Disaster Located? 

A: Established May 20, 2019, ATD is located in Parkersburg (Wood County) West Virginia. 


Q: Can an individual person call and ask for kits on their own? 

A: The purpose of ATD is to supply kits to victims of a disaster, such as a fire, flood, or tornado. The kits are assembled and given to your local fire station. If you have had a tragedy and need assistance, contact your local fire department's office. A list of participating Fire Stations can be found on our “Links” page. 


Q: If I want to donate money, how do I do it? 

A: To donate by check or money order, make it payable to After The Disaster, Inc. and mail it to: 

    After The Disaster, Inc. 

    2612 Division Street Extension 

    Parkersburg, WV 26101-9061 

    or hand-deliver it to one of our Donation Drop-off Locations. 


To donate by credit card, click on the Donate button at the bottom of any page. If you want/need a receipt for taxes, put your name, mailing address, and email address in the “Add Note” section of the donate process. 

Q: Can I deduct monetary donations to After The Disaster from my income tax? 

A: Yes, you can. ATD is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and donations are tax-deductible. 

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