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National and global organizations providing disaster relief to hurricane victims

National and global organizations providing disaster relief to hurricane victims

hurricane maria puerto ricoA woman reacts while she looks at the damages in the house of her mother after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Guayama, Puerto Rico September 20, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins Since the start of 2019, there have been , making this year's hurricane season unusually active. In just the past four weeks, three major hurricanes ravaged the Caribbean and the United States Gulf Coast.

First came Harvey, which killed approximately 83 people, destroyed or damaged over 100,000 homes, flooded neighborhoods, and displaced over 30,000 in Texas and Louisiana. Then Irma hit Florida and several Caribbean islands, knocking out power, leaving thousands homeless, and killing at least 41 people.

Maria followed, ripping through Puerto Rico and Dominica and killing at least 17 people. The Category 3 storm, which was approaching the Turks and Caicos islands on Friday, has brought torrential downpours and powerful winds that have uprooted trees, demolished homes, and inundated roads on several Caribbean islands.

In Puerto Rico, tens of thousands of people started evacuating the island Saturday morning, after a failed dam cascaded floodwater throughout city streets and knocked out 85% of phone and internet cables. The Associated Press that dozens of mayors are arriving to meet with Puerto Rico's governor, as officials plead for supplies.

Jose Sanchez Gonzalez, the mayor of the north coastal town of Manati, told The AP Saturday that he needs basic resources, including water, ice, and gas, immediately. Hysteria is starting to spread, because the hospital is at capacity and people are going to start dying.

You might be wondering how to help.

According to The Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI), which is part of the US Agency for International Development, donating money is almost almost the best way to give aid. Before donating material goods (like blankets, food, or toys), CIDI recommends confirming with relief organizations there is an actual need for them.

If you want to assist in person, nonprofits both international and local are looking for volunteers.

Reputable, local charity organizations to donate to after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria are listed below, followed by larger nonprofits that operate on a national or global scale.

Note: It is not clear whether all these organizations will spend 100% of donations received on hurricane relief and associated expenses. But in past large-scale disasters, they have given high percentages of donations directly to victims, especially if there is a specific fund set up.To avoid scams, it's always good to research a group before donating by checking scores from independents groups like and .

Hurricanes Maria and Irma: Local organizations in Puerto Rico

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Hurricane Maria and Irma: Local organizations in the Caribbean

Volunteers of the Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico. Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico

Hurricane Irma: Local organizations in Florida

Operation Helping Hands by United Way of Miami-Dade. United Way of Miami-Dade

Hurricane Harvey: Local organizations in Texas

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Hurricane Harvey: Local organizations in Louisiana

Volunteers at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank

General relief:

is offering food, emergency shelter, clothing, medical attention, and housing solutions to families and kids.

The is working with social service providers to address community needs.






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