The images of distress and suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane’s Harvey, Irma and Jose, and Maria are gripping, and if you’re like me, you want to know what you can do to help out.
Just as these catastrophes have brought out the best in some people who have risen to the challenge to show their charity and humanity, so it has also brought out the worst – those who would prey on both the disaster victims and those who want to help them. Unbelievably, there are many scams out there looking to fleece those who wish to donate and the flooding victims who have already lost so much, through scams
If you want to help, please donate only to trusted and reputable charity organizations. Do not donate over the phone to solicitors who have called you.
Two great organizations you can consider donating to are Americares, and the American Red Cross. Links to both are found below.
Lastly, if you want to volunteer to help down in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands , do not self-deploy. You can contact your town’s emergency services director to coordinate with them.
If you are a doctor or a nurse, please coordinate with the State Department of Public Health concerning dispatching emergency medical services to the area.