How to Help Those Affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria
The catastrophic damages of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have left many in need. Organizations all around the nation are on the ground helping victims and it is never too late to help. Here are a few ways that you can help the affected community:
- Monetary Donations: Your monetary donation could help in providing individuals in these affected areas with shelter and supply kits. According to the Divisional Communication Director of the Salvation Army, Dulcinea Kimrey, “Monetary donations are the most flexible and can be used immediately in response to a crisis.” Contact a non profit organization in the affected area that is helping hurricane victims, such as Autism Society of Texas or Florida, and ask how you provide financial help to those in need.
- Other Donations: Many families affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma have lost their homes and most, if not all, of their possessions. Food, clothing, and supplies are also a great way to help those in Texas and Florida. Contact a non profit organization in the affected area that is helping hurricane victims, such as Autism Society of Texas or Florida, and ask what supplies are needed. Every little bit helps!
- Offer Housing: AirBnB, a popular online housing app, has a disaster response program. It allows people to find a house or a room during or after a disaster like Harvey or Irma. The urgent accommodations tool allows users to offer their nearby homes for displaced victims.
- Volunteer: Many nonprofit organizations are helping aid the families in Texas and Florida at this time, but to ensure an operation runs smoothly the helping hands of volunteers is needed. From assisting with communications to labor support there are many ways to volunteer. Contact a local nonprofit organization helping with the relief in Texas and Florida and ask how you can lend a helping hand.
- Give Blood: The Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood or platelets to help ensure life-saving blood products are available for trauma patients and others with serious medical needs. “It’s the blood products on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency,” said Trish Sablitz, Red Cross director of Donor Recruitment for the Connecticut & Massachusetts Blood Services Region. “When seconds matter, having a readily-available blood supply is critical to trauma patient care.” Contact your local Red Cross Chapter and ask where you can donate blood today
Together we can help Texas, Florida, and the islands in the Caribbean into a brighter tomorrow.
To Contact Autism Society of Texas Click Here.
To Contact Autism Society of Florida Click Here.
To Contact your local Red Cross Chapter Click Here.
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