Many people want to help, but sometimes the help can actually be a burden. Instead of raiding your closets and pantries for clothing, food, and blankets, the Center for International Disaster Information recommends donating cash, rather than material goods, to carefully vetted relief organizations. Here are some organizations you can donate to and ways to help:
The Florida Disaster Fund, which is the State of Florida’s official private disaster recovery fund, accepts donations for response and recovery efforts.
The South Florida Wildlife Center in Fort Lauderdale is billed as the nation’s highest-volume wildlife hospital, trauma center, and rehabilitation facility is accepting donations to help with injured wildlife.
The United Way of Miami-Dade is requesting donations on behalf of the support organization's locations in all hurricane-ravaged areas. Relief funds can be directed to either Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Harvey.
Homeowners in the Florida Panhandle, northern Georgia, and northwest and southeast South Carolina can open their doors to Irma evacuees and relief workers for free by making them available on Airbnb's Irma page until September 28, 2017.
Good with a hammer, and want to help out for the long haul? Sign up on Habitat for Humanity’s Hurricane Recovery Volunteer Registry, or donate to help rebuild homes destroyed by Irma.