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Facility Type: Database Training/Admin
Status: Open

Terra -
, US 00000


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This organization provides Temporary or Permanent Service? Temporary


To see our guidelines for fair distribution of relief supplies, please see:

CAT's process to develop policies for how to handle fraudulent activity reports is evolving. Since its inception the intent for the database has been to be a public forum where all people are welcome to come look for disaster relief supplies/services. Donors and relief workers are advised that the credibility of the listings are no more accurate than those in the want ads in a newspaper. You MUST screen people. You MUST check around. Ask questions of others that are doing relief work to get recommendations as to where to send donations. There are ample public forums for discussion. If you are in Katrina zones, Google "Katrina Relief and Recovery Discussion Groups" to find groups where you can ask questions about what people think of this or that organization. Go onto Craig's list, and/or search the web for volunteer blogs for your area. CALL THE POLICE/FIRE dept for that area. They will probably know the organization that you are wondering about. We have found them to be the BEST reference.

We provide the information contained in this database as a "public service". The developers of the database feel that the risk of abuse is much lower than the value of providing the public with information that will help ensure that everyone is served in a disaster. And we hope that users will not abuse a system that has been built to serve the very needy...not just the somewhat needy.

There are legal procedures in each state as to how to handle criminal fraud disputes and complaints. Call your LTRCs and/or the state officials to file an official report. If there's a problem "on the ground" in a disaster zone, call the police. Notify your Attorney General's office as well.

The database team focuses on providing a database, not on case management, nor accreditation of participants. If you don't know someone, don't do business with them. The listings are for information purposes only. They are not a guarantee. By their being listed in this database, it does not mean that they have been blessed with our stamp of approval.


Our procedure for handling reports of fraudulent behavior consist of tracking the reports down to figure out if the person listing a need, is in fact, legitimate. We call local police. We ask the organization for additional references.

We keep the investigation details in a secure area. All specific information, including contact information is treated as confidential. The information will be available to law enforcement officials with due cause.

When reporting suspected fraudulent activity, please include contact information so we can discuss the situation with you directly. Include as much information as possible, and be prepared to fax evidence to authorities. Reports are nothing but "reports" if they are without evidence.

Donors and other relief personnel are welcome to call to ask questions about reports, but be advised that all specific information is held in confidence.

Relief/recovery volunteers are happy to recommend favorite donations destinations, and their reasons for liking these sites. But be aware that any volunteer that expresses an opinion about a relief/recovery site does so as a private volunteer, and not as a representative of CAT. The CAT database is a database. It does not have opinions regarding any specific sites.

The CAT database was designed to be a public tool used to provide the public with information about where available donated supplies are located. The people that developed the database believe strongly that the public deserves to know where donations are kept and distributed and how they are distributed and to whom. The people that developed the database believe that having this information public and online will help minimize questions about where donations are located. The people that developed the database feel that donations supply information public will help reduce and potentially eliminat corruption and other abuses of donations by distributors of those donations. The people that developed the database believe that distribution points that are open about what they have, how it is distributed, and whom is getting the donations are probably the best place to donate to. The people that developed the database believe that full disclosure helps donors have faith in the donations distribution process. Donors that are not clear about how their donations are used are not as likely to donate again. So it is hoped that this tool will help donors connect directly to relief/recovery sites...and create a closer bond between giver and reciever. The people that developed this database, feel that much of our society has grown apart from the communities which are served by their monetary and in-kind donations. The people that developed this database help to increase the intimacy of giving, and reduce the walls that have grown between the giver and the recipient.

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Created At: Fri Feb 02 21:12:18 +0000 2007
Updated At: Thu Sep 06 22:51:04 +0000 2012
Updated By: DNug

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