Hurricane Irma has affected approximately 1.2 million people, according to the Red Cross. There are plenty of options when it comes to helping victims of the storm, but the best way to help is by giving money.
If you aren’t sure where to donate or are not sure if the charity you are considering is legitimate, you can check out CharityNavigator.org for a listing of charities providing support in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
Outside of giving money to help Irma victims, here are other ways you can help:
- Soon, rebuilding and repairs will need to begin. Sign up at Habitat for Humanity’s Hurricane Recovery Volunteer Registry to serve as a volunteer when teams are deployed.
- Airbnb is looking for housing for those who were displaced by the storm. If you can provide shelter, consider making your home available.
- National Voluntary Organizations is seeking volunteers to help those affected by the storm, which includes Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- Donate Blood. Wherever and whenever you can, be a blood donor.
- And don’t forget the animals; many were displaced by the storm. Some charities that help care for lost and hungry pets and wildlife are the ASPCA, Best Friends and South Florida Wildlife Center.
Check with the Center for International Disaster Information for guidelines for giving.
To continue supporting victims of Hurricane Harvey, Mossy Oak is offering all proceeds from its “Rise Above” Outdoorsmen Support Texas t-shirt sales to the victims of that storm.