How to Help Victims of Hurricane Irma

Posted by Team Donovan on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 at 3:10pm.

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The area near Disney appears to have weathered the wrath of Hurricane Irma fairly well. Most of the damage seems to be downed tree limbs and some missing roof shingles. Many homes are still without power, but electric crews from Florida, as well as other states around the U.S., are working tirelessly to restore power as quickly as possible. Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and Sea World have all reopened, following their clean-up of storm debris.

Unfortunately, the Florida Keys and the islands of the Caribbean were not so lucky, and many areas were devastated by the hurricane. If you’d like to help those who have been hurt by the storm, the best way to aid in relief efforts is to donate cash to trusted organizations. Experts say that money can be more useful to charities because survivors’ needs vary.

The Center for International Disaster Information says financial contributions can allow relief supplies to be purchased near a disaster site. This is helpful because it allows organizations to avoid transportation costs and potential shipping delays.

The best way to make sure you’re donating to a reputable charity is to visit one or more of these websites: GuideStar.org, CharityNavigator.org or Give.org.

Some organizations you can consider donating to include the American Red Cross, Save the Children, Global Giving, UNICEF, and Catholic Relief Services.

During disasters like Hurricane Irma and Harvey, which affected Texas, many pets get displaced too. Animal organizations are also in need of donations, such as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Best Friends Animal Society and South Florida Wildlife Center. 

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