As Puerto Rico grapples with the impact of Hurricane Fiona, which has left a third of a million people without power for over 10 days, Florida is dealing with devastation amid Hurricane Ian, which slammed the state’s southwestern coast as a Category 4 storm on Wednesday and is continuing north on a path of destruction toward South Carolina.
Here are five groups that are helping victims to consider supporting.
The Florida Disaster Fund is the state’s official relief fund created to help communities respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters like Hurricane Ian. To donate, visit its website or text “DISASTER” ($10) or “DISASTER25” ($25) to 20222.
Direct Relief is installing backup power systems and pop-up health facilities in Puerto Rico and providing emergency medical supplies to Floridians. You can donate specifically to help survivors of both Hurricanes Fiona and Ian on the group’s website.
Brigada Solidaria Del Oeste is accepting donations of water filters, first aid kits, and cash to provide crucial support to the survivors of Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico, many of whom remain without power 10 days after the storm made landfall. See the group’s Instagram to learn how to donate money or send supplies.
The Humane Society is supporting extremely at-risk animals stuck in shelters in areas hit by Hurricane Ian. Visit the group’s website to donate.
Americares is preparing to meet the health needs of Hurricane Ian victims by compiling medicines and hygiene products to send to impacted areas. You can visit the organization’s website to donate and learn more.
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