Disaster relief organizations, some with New England ties, are rushing to help Hurricane Irma victims in Florida.
Many organizations emphasize that a financial donation is the best way for individuals to help in aid efforts, as the organizations have the infrastructure in place to respond quickly and effectively.
The following reputable organizations are helping those affected in Florida and are in need of donations.
As Hurricane Irma slammed Florida over the weekend, the Red Cross had over 1,000 disaster workers in the state and were planning to send hundreds more. The organization’s 249 shelters housed about 48,000 people on Friday night, according to the Red Cross website.
The Red Cross also sent extra blood products to the region and prepared generators to work during power outages.
Donations will allow the Red Cross to meet peoples’ needs immediately, according to its website. To donate, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, visit redcross.org, or text “IRMA” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Americares responds to emergencies by bringing medical supplies. Based in Stamford, Conn., the organization’s slogan promises “Health is on the way.”
An Americares team stationed in Orlando, Fla. is set to provide relief as soon as Hurricane Irma passes through. The organization has stocked medical supplies including insulin at a local clinic.
Americares works with pharmaceutical companies that donate supplies, so the organization says it is able to turn every $10 donation into $200 of aid.
To donate, visit americares.org or call 1-203-658-9500 during business hours.
All of the Salvation Army’s 47 units in Florida are set to provide people with food and water. Staging areas will be set up throughout the state to accompany the organization’s mobile kitchens and shower trucks. Over 3,000 volunteers and staff will aid the state.
“As the situation in south Florida continues to be dire, we want residents to know, they can count on The Salvation Army to help get them through this disaster,” Major David Erickson, general secretary for the Salvation Army of Florida, is quoted as saying in a post on the organization’s website.
A donation is the best way for people to help with the Hurricane Irma response, the organization said in a post on its website. To donate, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, visit helpsalvationarmy.org, or text “Storm” to 51555.
The relief agency of the US Catholic Church responds to victims regardless of their religion. Donations help with rebuilding, health care, food, and shelter, among other needs. To donate, call 1-800-919-9338, visit catholiccharitiesusa.org, or text “CCUSADISASTER” to 71777.
This Christian relief organization has trucks and equipment stationed to help Florida Hurricane Irma victims. To donate, visit samaritanspurse.org.
Feeding Florida’s food banks located throughout the state will supply hurricane victims with food and other emergency supplies. Financial donations are the most helpful for situations like Hurricane Irma because the organization can apply financial donations more efficiently than mixed food donations, Feeding Florida said on its website.
To donate, visit feedingflorida.org or contact a specific food bank from a list on the organization’s website.
UNICEF has sent medicine, emergency kits, water, and more supplies for Hurricane Irma victims. Once the areas affected by the storm begin to rebuild, UNICEF will help make sure children see as little disruption to their education as possible.
To donate, visit unicefusa.org.