People across Florida need help after Hurricane Ian devastated much of the state.
What is the best thing I can do to help?
c ash is king. You may be tempted to donate clothes, food, bottled water, or other supplies, especially after seeing the utter devastation and people who have just lost everything. Aid organizations say Donations like this often create logistical nightmares And more expenses. A financial donation can be spent on what is badly needed at that very moment.
Understand who receives your money. Charity scams abound after natural disasters. Give to trusted key organizations. If you’re not sure about a combination, check it out at the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving AllianceThe Charity NavigatorAnd the charity hour or star guide.
Below is a list of agencies that will help hurricane victims.
Florida Disaster Fund
Florida Disaster Fund The State of Florida’s official fund, created to provide financial assistance to communities as they respond to and recover from emergencies or disasters. To contribute with a credit card, you can text DISASTER to 20222 or visit Florida Disaster Fund website. Checks must be payable to the Volunteer Florida Foundation and must include “Florida Disaster Fund” on the note line.
American Red Cross
Help people affected by Hurricane Ian with a visit redcross.org Or call 800-RED-CROSS. Donations for Hurricane Ian help the Red Cross respond and help people recover from this disaster. This includes providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support and other assistance. If you have the time, you can make a huge impact as a Red Cross volunteer. see the Urgently Needed Volunteer Jobs or Register to donate blood.
GoFundMe Connects you to people who need help. The Weather Channel and GoFundMe have teamed up to help people facing a natural disaster prepare and recover faster than ever before. If a tornado affects you or someone you know, you can start a GoFundMe to take you down the road to recovery. You can ask for help or Donate to someone in need.
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uniform method Locations across Florida are ready to help. If anyone needs during this time, call the toll-free 211 helpline about evacuations, shelters, food/clothing distribution, volunteer opportunities, and other disaster-related resources.
cash contributions to Florida United Disaster Fund It will be directed to the hardest-hit Florida communities. A single donation can be made to benefit multiple communities or directed to a specific need or location/county.
The Salvation Army operates mobile feeding units, with dozens of “canteens” already set up throughout Florida. Each mobile feeder can feed about 1,500 meals per day. Disaster emergency services warehouses in Tampa and McDonough, Georgia, are stocked with food, water, cleaning supplies, hygiene products and other items that will be distributed to those in need over the coming days and weeks. You can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) to make a phone donation, text STORM to 51555 or use Hurricane Relief Salvation Army webpage.
Save the Children’s Emergency Response Team It is preparing to meet the most urgent needs of children and families living in the areas most affected by Hurricane Ian. Contributions to Hurricane Relief Fund 2022 Ian It will help the teams deliver essential items such as water, hygiene kits, diapers and other life-saving supplies.
W World Central Kitchen
W World Central Kitchen Local partners will support affected communities across Florida with hot, fresh meals. They have begun transporting food and water to Sanibel Island, which has been paralyzed by the bridge collapse, for first responders to provide for anyone still on the island as rescue efforts continue. T hose who wants to help can Donate here.
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