Here’s what Hurricane Irma looked like from space at 9:30 pm ET Saturday | 📷: NASA pic.twitter.com/Ty6JLyZp9W
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) September 10, 2017
1. Help your furry friends in need
- Foster a hurricane pet for a family that has lost everything in the destruction of Harvey or Irma and now has no way of taking care of their beloved friend.
- If you’ve been considering adopting a pet, now might be the best time as you can adopt a pet that has lost its owner. Animal welfare organizations around the country are mobilizing to help areas impacted by the recent hurricanes, and New Jersey based St. Hubert’s Center has listed 12 Northeast animal shelters welcoming abandoned pets. Check with your local shelters to see if they’ve joined in the cause.
- If you live in one of the affected areas, you can help lost pets find their owners with Finding Rover by uploading their photo and location into the Lost & Found database.
- You can also call 713-861-3010 to alert the Houston SPCA of an animal in danger.
2. Post, Blog or Vlog
Ways you can help hurricane victims: a thread for animal lovers 🐶🏥🌊♥️
— Lindsey Diane Ⓥ (@ladolcelindsey) September 12, 2017
3. Send supplies
If the personal touch is more your thing, go shopping and hand-pick and some important supplies hurricane survivors need and find a trusted organization that is on the ground providing relief to send them to. Items suggested include
- First Aid Kits
- Bottled Water
- Baby wipes
- Pet Food
- Trash Bags
- Toothpaste & toothbrush
- Hand Sanitizer
4. Give blood
You can find a local blood drive on the Red Cross website, by calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or by using the Red Cross blood donor app.
5. Open your home
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6. Register to be a Volunteer
- Sign up to join the hurricane recovery volunteer registry for Habitat for Humanity
- American Red Cross is seeking volunteers in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia.
- Register to be a volunteer for Volunteer Florida, the state’s lead agency for volunteers and donations before, during, and after disasters and have a tangible impact by being there to lend a hand to those displaced by the storm.
7. Donate cash to a trusted organization in a position to help
— American Red Cross (@RedCross) September 7, 2017
- Text REDCROSS to 90999 to chip in $10 to the American Red Cross Diaster Relief.
- Text STORM to 51555 to donate to the Salvation Army or donate online.
- You can also donate to Habitat for Humanity, British Red Cross, or donate easily through iTunes and the App Store.
- Global Giving, a crowdfunding site, is aiming to raise 2 million to provide relief to those affected throughout the US and the Caribbean.
Donate to help the islands
- With as many as 3 million affected on the island of Haiti, OXFAM is providing relief to help victims recover from Irma and brace for Hurricane Jose, as well as ensure victims of affected communities get adequate assistance to rebuild better. They have teams also set to respond in the Dominican Republic and Cuba.
- On the island of Barbuda, over 90% of the home dwellings have been destroyed. American University of Antigua is raising money for the Barbuda Relief Fund to provide emergency supplies to victims and has promised to match all donations.
- It could be four months before power is restored in Puerto Rico. All donations made to local Puerto Rican non-profit ConPRmetidos will exclusively support victims of Hurricane Irma in PR.
Donate to help the children
— Save the Children US (@SavetheChildren) September 11, 2017
- Save the Children is responding to the unique needs of vulnerable children and families in crisis.
- UNICEF has estimated that over 10.5 million children will be caught up in the devastation of Irma and will be helping children affected by the hurricane resume education in the weeks and months ahead.
Donate to help the animals
- Give to the Humane Society to help the Animal Rescue Team rescue and provide temporary shelter for displaced pets and animals in desperate need.
- Help the Best friend Animal Society fulfill its mission to #SaveThemAll
- Donate to the SPCA International Disaster Relief Fund to aid shelters and rescue groups as they struggle to cope with the amount of abandoned and displaced animals affected by the natural disaster.
- Donate to Harvey’s Heroes to lend a hand to the San Antonio Humane Society in recovery and relief efforts for kittens, puppies, cats and dogs in need of care.
- Give to the Houston Humane Society through the Hurricane Harvey Fund.
“Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy; true fulfillment.” – Tony Robbins