Disaster Task Force Needs Help, Helping Others

The International Disaster Task Force has been around for more than 20 years. The organization made the commitment to be a long term recovery option for South Mississippians. But with a decrease in donations, IDTF leaders say now they're the ones who need help.

The IDTF Warehouse on Woolmarket Road is a 40, 000 square foot building that houses furniture, building supplies and several other items to help those rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina.

"If a case manager feels that we can help an individual out for a specific reason, say if they needed paint to repaint a house, or sheet rock to rebuild a house, or furniture to furnish a house," says Steven Howard, the warehouse manager for IDTF.

Howard says the drop in monetary donations and limited inventory is making it hard to help.

"Now that it's cooling back down, things are going to pick up and we are going to need supplies to continue helping people down here, or anyone else helping out on the coast," Howard said.

The lack of donations also impacts several other non-profits organizations like the Red Cross and United Way. That's because people have to go through relief organizations before they are referred to the warehouse.

In addition to giving away building supplies and furniture, the warehouse also allows other relief organizations to store their supplies free of charge.

"If it's a certain amount of space you need and we could still do our operation around it, that would be great. I wouldn't mind helping out those disaster relief organizations or anyone on the coast," says Howard.

IDTF leaders are just hoping their campaign for awareness will get the organization the help it needs.

Again, the IDTF Warehouse is located on Woolmarket Road. If you want to make donations, you can do so between 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday. On the other hand, if you are in need of supplies, you have to be referred by a non-profit relief organization before you can go to the warehouse.