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Florida residents need help after Hurricane Ian devastated much of the state.
What is the best thing I can do to help?
Cash is king. You may be tempted to donate clothing, food, bottled water, or other supplies, especially after seeing the total destruction and the people who have just lost everything. Aid organizations say such donations often create logistical nightmares and more expense. A financial gift can be spent on what is most needed at that particular time.
Understand who receives your money. Charity scams abound after natural disasters. Donate to traditional, trusted organizations. If you’re unsure of a group, check out the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or GuideStar.
Here is a list of agencies that will help hurricane victims.
Florida Disaster Fund
The Florida Disaster Fund is the official private fund of the State of Florida, established to provide financial assistance to communities as they respond to and recover from an emergency or disaster. To contribute with a credit card, you can text DISASTER to 20222 or visit the Florida Disaster Fund website. Checks should be made payable to the Volunteer Florida Foundation and should include “Florida Disaster Fund” in the memo line.
American Red Cross
Help those affected by Hurricane Ian by visiting redcross.org or calling 800-RED-CROSS. Hurricane Ian donations enable the Red Cross to respond and help people recover from this disaster. This includes providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support and other forms of assistance. If you have the time, you can make a significant impact as a Red Cross volunteer. Review the most urgent volunteer positions or sign up to donate blood.
GoFundMe connects you to people who need help. The Weather Channel and GoFundMe have teamed up to help people on the path to natural disaster prepare and recover faster than ever. If a hurricane has hit you or someone you know, you can start a GoFundMe to get you on the road to recovery. You can ask for help or donate to someone in need.
United Way locations across Florida are ready to help. If anyone is in need during this time, call the toll-free 211 helpline about disaster-related evacuations, shelter, food/clothing distributions, volunteer opportunities, and other resources.
Monetary contributions to the United Way of Florida Disaster Fund will be directed to the most affected Florida communities. A donation can be made to benefit multiple communities or directed to a specific need or location/county.
The Salvation Army operates mobile food units, with several dozen “canteens” already set up across Florida. Each mobile feeding unit can supply approximately 1,500 meals per day. Disaster Emergency Services warehouses in Tampa and McDonough, Georgia are being prepared with food, water, cleaning supplies, hygiene supplies 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 donate over the phone, text STORM to 51555, or use the Salvation Army Hurricane Relief webpage.
save the children
Save the Children’s emergency response team is preparing to meet the most urgent needs of children and families living in the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Ian. Contributions to the 2022 Hurricane Ian Relief Fund will help teams provide essential items like water, hygiene kits, diapers and other vital supplies.
World Central Cuisine
World Central Kitchen and its local partners will support impacted communities across Florida with fresh, hot meals. They began by transporting food and water to Sanibel Island, which was crippled by a causeway collapse, for first responders to give to anyone still on the island as rescue efforts continue. Those wishing to help can donate here.
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