After the Disaster program expanding

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PARKERSBURG, W. Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE 10/30/2019:
After The Disaster is a relatively new nonprofit in the Mid-Ohio Valley, officially forming this summer.

The woman behind after the disaster, Joy Buskirk, says they’ve expanded to seven counties in West Virginia and into Washington County, Ohio.

“Firefighters are the reason that this program even exists. They’re the reason that it is going as fast. Well, god first, then the firefighters,” said Buskirk.

Buskirk’s goal is to go statewide with the program, and to find a building to operate out of. She currently runs the operation out of her living room.


“If you haven’t gone through a fire, you don’t know what it’s like. The firemen come and the fire engines, and everybody is coming around you going ‘oh we’ll help you, we’ll help you,’ but then you’re left. And the next day, you’ve got to get up.”

This was a reality that Joy Buskirk experienced nearly 16 years ago when she had a house fire.

Although she was fortunate enough to keep her home, she wanted to do something to help people following devastating situations.

“After the Disaster takes toiletries and puts it in to a Ziploc bag, puts it into a tote, delivers it to the fire departments, and when there’s a fire or some kind of other disaster, when they’re on the scene, they give it to them,” she explains.

Buskirk prepares large plastic totes with 20 total kits specially made for men, women, and children, and is working to deliver them to all 12 Wood County fire departments. She has already compiled totes for 6 departments, making over 100 individual kits.

“Just a neighbor helping a neighbor. We live in the neighborhood. We live in this community, so we should be able to help give back somehow and this is a way that I’ve found to give back,” she says.

You can contact for information about how to get involved, or you can call (304) 834-3966 and ask for Joy.

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