HURRICANE RELIEF

Michael’s Aftermath: How You Can Help

A list of on-the-ground relief efforts for those affected by the historic hurricane

photo: AP/Gerald Herbert

An American flag flies amid destruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida.

Volunteer Florida

The state’s lead agency on Hurricane Michael relief efforts, Volunteer Florida will use its established resources to help those affected by the storm. Donate or register to volunteer on its website.

 

Blood Donations

Some blood banks in the storm’s path are unable to take donations, so other blood banks are stepping in, urging people to donate blood so local hospitals have enough in the wake of the disaster. Life South serves more than one hundred hospitals in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. SunCoast blood bank in Sarasota is also sending blood to hospitals in affected areas.

 

Feeding Florida

The state’s network of food banks ensures enough food is provided to areas affected by the hurricane.

 

Faith-Based Organizations

Various groups are helping disaster relief efforts, including these based in the South: United Methodist Committee on ReliefSamaritan’s PurseSouthern Baptist Disaster ReliefEpiscopal Relief and Development, Convoy of Hope, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and the Catholic Charities Diocese of St. Petersburg.

 

Direct Relief

The organization, which is in all fifty states and has received top ratings from Charity Navigator, is working with healthcare providers to get medicines and supplies to people in need.

 

Local Humane Societies

Dogs and cats living in shelters where the storm hit had to be evacuated to other shelters, which spend thousands of dollars to transport and care for these animals. Help by giving to organizations like the Humane Society of Naples and Jacksonville Humane Society. Along with financial assistance, many Florida shelters also need foster homes while they take in more animals—check with your local humane society to see if you can help.


To learn more about a charity before donating, consult Charity Navigator.


We’ll continue to update this list, and if you know of an organization that should be included, please email us at [email protected]


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