E-finance tools are being used by a charity to ensure communities in Herefordshire affected by Storm Dennis can swiftly access emergency funds.
The Storm Dennis Flood Appeal, launched by Herefordshire Community Foundation to support victims in the county, has already received more than £30,000.
To ensure victims receive money directly the appeal is using Hereford based e-money provider allpay to a provide pre-paid payment cards. These is loaded with a one-off amount aimed to provide quick access to families in need.
In providing the service allpay has waived its fees for the creation of the cards.
Among emergency items being paid for through the cards is temporary accommodation costs and dehumidifiers.
The one off pre-paid card payment is to be followed with on-going support for those with continuing needs.
Quick access to emergency funds
“It is very reassuring to have the support of allpay, such a valuable employer in the county, and a leader in its field,” said Herefordshire Community Foundation Chairman Frank Myers.
“Any resident of Herefordshire who has been flooded can apply for the initial emergency grant.”
Tony Killeen, Owner and Managing Director of allpay, added: “As a company much of our work is in the social housing sector, so our staff are acutely aware of the challenges many people face when it comes to the very basics of having a safe place to live when things go wrong.
“With the floods affecting our whole community, we are pleased to be able to help in this small way by providing our prepaid card services to disburse much needed funds quickly and easily to those in need, but also to be able to contribute to the appeal itself.”