Get Involved: Help the Hurricane and Earthquake Survivors

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Hurricane Maria. Photo cred: Space.com

It’s been a while since we’ve had news like this: The National Hurricane Center is reporting that “Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.” Whew! I wouldn’t pack up those hurricane supplies yet, but we’re glad to have a bit of a break from major hurricane tracking.

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That said, there are areas that are still reeling from the damage caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as the recent earthquake in Mexico. These areas will probably need assistance for quite some time, so we encourage you to donate or get involved in any way you can. Here are some useful links:

Volunteer Florida: This private fund is dedicated to disaster relief in Florida. It is currently accepting donations — and volunteers — to help the state recover from Hurricane Irma.

Greater Houston Community Fund: Texans are still recuperating from Hurricane Harvey’s arrival earlier this month. You can donate to this organization if you’d like to assist these survivors.

Americares: This organization provides much-needed resources and supplies to medical workers and first responders.

United for Puerto Rico: This fund was established by Puerto Rico’s First Lady, Beatriz Rosselló, to aid those who have been affected by the recent storms.

UNICEF: UNICEF will also be providing assistance to those affected by the storm in Puerto Rico.

Save the Children, which focuses specifically on the needs of children and their families.

United Way of Miami-Dade: The United Way in Miami-Dade will be focusing on offering help to Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma.

International Community Foundation: The ICF is raising money to help those affected by the devastating earthquake that caused extensive damage to Oaxaca and Chiapas.

There are many more organizations that are offering assistance, but these charities scored high ratings from Charity Navigator and CharityWatch. An even more extensive list can be found from this Vox feature.

 

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