Some have inquired about whether the Church could ship goods that they have collected or purchased. Others want to travel to the affected areas and offer their services to help those affected. While these desires are commendable and demonstrate the willingness of people to sacrifice to help others, the Church has learned that the best way to respond to disasters is to work locally, purchasing needed supplies in country as near to the disaster as possible. This not only ensures that the goods are appropriate for the area but it helps build up impaired, local economies. By working with and supporting local, reliable relief agencies, the Church can build bridges, create friendships and establish relationships that can extend far beyond the immediate crisis.
During times of calamity a flood of outside volunteers can put a strain on local resources and syphon away needed food, water and shelter that are in short supply for victims of the disaster.