How to help flood victims

At least three people have died and two remain missing as severe flooding caused by substantial rainfall and snowmelt inundates several Midwestern states.

Across the region, hundreds of homes are flooded and families are displaced. Waters have reached historic levels, spurred by a late-winter storm last week. Flooding caused water to rise hitting 41 feet in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, and more than 30 feet in Iowa’s Fremont County. Freeport City, Illinois, anticipated its worst flooding in 50 years — and that’s the best case scenario, according to the Associated Press.

As river levels begin to top off and slowly recede in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas, states like Illinois and North Dakota are readying for similar disasters.

Here are some ways you can help these families and communities.

Donate funds

The Salvation Army will be distributing bottled water and clean up kits to those in areas affected by floods reports the Omaha World Herald. The nonprofit is raising money for these efforts through its website.

More than 500 people slept in 20 American Red Cross locations and community shelters on Sunday night. In addition to operating shelters, the organization is providing food and relief supplies, as well as health services in neighborhoods where it is safe to do so, according to a statement Monday. Support its disaster relief operations online, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation

United Way of the Midlands is collecting donations to help people in Iowa and Nebraska affected by flooding. Donors can direct their donations to other communities affected by the flooding online, or text FLOODRELIEF to 41444 to donate.

The Nebraska Farm Bureau Disaster Relief Fund, is accepting donations to a fund that will go towards providing emergency aid to farmers, ranchers and rural communities in Nebraska affected by the storms and flooding. You can also write a check and send it to:

Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation
Attn: Disaster Relief Fund
P.O. Box 80299
Lincoln, NE 68501-0299

Convoy of Hope, a faith-based nonprofit that brings food, water, emergency and other relief supplies to natural disasters has set up a dedicated webpage for donations to its flood response in the Midwest.

Community foundations in Nebraska have set up a variety of disaster relief funds to support locals affected. The Grand Island Community Foundations is accepting donations for the greater Hall, Howard, and Sherman Counties. The Kearney Area Community Foundation is collecting contributions for the Kearney area. The Custer County Foundation and the Merrick Foundation cover Custer and Merrick Counties respectively.

The Food Bank of Siouxland has been making food deliveries to flood victims in places like Hornick, Iowa. You can donate to their cause on their website *with a note* saying you would like your donation to target flood relief.

You can find verified GoFundMe fundraisers here to support individuals, animals and homes affected by the flooding.

Volunteer

The Salvation Army is also seeking volunteers from across the U.S. to fundraise for flood relief. You can register online or by calling 402-898-6050.

Though the United Way of Central Iowa is not currently seeking volunteers, the organization encourages those interested in assisting flood victims to register online in case more help becomes necessary.

Other ways to help

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture is accepting volunteer help and agricultural donations like hay, feed stuffs and fencing for farmers and ranchers in the state. The department will take your details and the resources you are willing to donate over the phone at 1-800-831-0550.

The Nebraska Humane Society is helping animals, including pets and livestock, impacted by the flooding. You can donate to their cause online or ship animal supplies to:

8929 Fort St.
Omaha, NE 68134

The Foodbank for the Heartland is currently working on a disaster relief plan with other organizations across Nebraska and Central Iowa. More information about how to donate funds and food for those affected will be available on their website once the plan is finalized, according to Stephanie Bayle, Foodbank for the Heartland’s brand manager.

Facebook has set-up a crisis response page where you can donate money to flood victims or offer help in the way of shelter, food, clothes or other miscellaneous supplies.

We verified organizations to the best of our ability. If you aren’t sure about the legitimacy of a charitable organization, visit Charity Navigator.

Left: Flooded Camp Ashland, Army National Guard facility, is seen in this aerial photo taken in Ashland, Nebraska, U.S., March 17, 2019. Picture taken March 17, 2019. Courtesy Herschel Talley/Nebraska National Guard/Handout via REUTERS

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How to help flood victims

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How to help flood victims

  • Organizations mobilize to help people affected by recent floods
  • Clothes, household goods and clean-up supplies are needed
  • If you want to help, donations can be as simple as sending a text

(CNN) — This year’s historic flooding of the Mississippi, Missouri and now the Souris rivers has forced thousands across the Midwest to evacuate — leaving some with a fear of losing everything.

Organizations like the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army have stepped in to help flood victims in hard-hit areas, and there are ways you can help those in need.

When the Souris River reached record highs this month, the Red Cross opened two shelters in Minot, North Dakota, where around 200 people have spent each night since June 22.

Along with providing a place to sleep and food to eat, mental health workers are also on hand to provide emotional support to those who need it.

Natural disasters like floods can take weeks to unfold and add stress to displaced residents.

“We’re trying to do as much as we can to make people feel safe and comfortable,” said Matt McDade, a mental health worker volunteering in a Minot shelter.

The reality sinks in at different times that their homes are underwater, he said.

“We provide 24-hour care. I slept here last night. If someone wakes up at three in the morning and needs to talk, someone’s here to lend an ear,” McDade said. “By being compassionate and providing support, they know that they’re not alone.”

The Red Cross also has four shelters open in Nebraska and Iowa and is providing water and snacks to people sandbagging along the Missouri River.

To support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund, visit the website, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The Salvation Army is helping flood victims in North and South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska.

In Minot and neighboring communities, Salvation Army teams are providing food and drinks, emergency supplies and emotional support to those who need it.

Call The Salvation Army in Minot at 701-838-8925 for ways to volunteer.

Clothes and gently-used household goods can be donated to the Salvation Army thrift store in Minot or at your local store. Items that are not sent to Minot will be used for future disaster relief efforts.

To make a $10 donation to flood victims there, text “MINOT” to 80888 and reply “yes” to the confirmation text.

To donate to The Salvation Army’s flood response in South Dakota, Iowa or Nebraska go online or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Clean-up kits are also needed in Omaha, and The Salvation Army is helping to provide supplies to flood victims.

Supplies needed include buckets, rubber gloves, disinfectant, brushes, brooms, mops, bottled water and safety goggles.

Donations may be dropped off at The Salvation Army, any Omaha Fire Station, Action News 3 or Journal Broadcast Radio.

Volunteers are also needed to help mobile feeding units provide food and drinks to emergency workers along the Missouri River. More than 21,000 people have been served since the end of May.

10 Things You CAN DO for Flood Victims

“Actions speak louder than words” is a saying that most everyone has heard throughout their life. Most of us understand the concept behind it, but for the Louisiana flood victims this saying is taking on a whole new meaning in their life that was turned upside down.

How to help flood victims

How to help flood victims

I previously wrote a blog stating the 10 things you should not say to flood victims. Comforting words may seem appropriate, but sometimes words are not enough. In times like these, a listening ear, comforting arms, helping hands, and a shoulder to cry on is what they need most. They physically need you. In addition to telling your friend whose house flooded how sorry you are and they are in your prayers, would it be possible to do something else? Yes.There.Is.

Here are 10 things that you CAN DO for flood victims now…

Labor

Louisiana’s people are strong and proud. We here in the South despise asking for help. We do. So let’s not make them ask. Show up at their house and work beside them. Cleaning, gutting, and physically helping them rearrange their life is truly what is needed first and foremost as they begin the road of recovery. Four hands are better than two. Six hands are better than four. Take it upon yourself to offer your help and follow through until you are no longer needed.

Childcare

Have you ever cleaned your house with your young kids in it? It’s extremely difficult and almost pointless. There are thousands of moms and dads entering their houses ready to get to work, but they have one problem. The daycare down the street and the school on the corner are also flooded. One of the best ways to help fellow parents is offering FREE childcare. Watch those babies so that the home that they know and love can be made new again.

Although your cousin’s house may have electricity their refrigerator, stove, and microwave were ruined in the flood. Providing a hot meal in a to-go box, bringing them snacks and drinks (water is good but give sports drinks too), or even picking them up for dinner at your house is an excellent way to say you care. A hot meal after a long day is good for the soul. (You know us Louisiana peeps love to eat!)

Laundry

Imagine for a moment upon entering your flooded home after being gone for a few days and seeing your clothes washed throughout the house with the smell of mildew everywhere. Your bedspread still dry on the top, but soaking wet on the bottom. How awesome would it be for your friend to come by your house, load up all that laundry to bring it home and get busy washing? This easy way to help means saving the clothes that they love and could save tons of money. (FYI: hose off the clothes first, then wash and wash again!)

Shelter

One of the most comforting things we as humans have is knowing that we have a safe place to lay our head at night. If you were fortunate enough to be spared during the flood, this is the very least you can do for victims. Offer your home, a bed or couch, a hot shower, your phone, and your computer and internet for insurance or FEMA claims. Offer the safety of your home. Please open your heart and your home for those who need comforting in this tragic time. (If you cannot do this, another great way to help is volunteering at shelters!)

How to help flood victims

Along with the thousands of houses that flooded, there were an equal amount of vehicles that did also. We take for granted the ability to hop into our car and head to Target. Flood victims are not only dealing with repairing their home, but they are likely dealing with not having a vehicle. Reach out to your family or friends and offer to help them run errands, let them borrow your car if possible, or even taxi them from one place to another. They’d appreciate any help you can give.

Gift Cards / Money

While not everyone may be able to help those who have lost everything through a monetary donation, many can and should. Providing cash or gift cards to your dear friends would seriously take a load off their back. Bills, everyday needs, construction costs – all of these things and more are swirling in their head. If you can provide this relief, please do.

Supplies

I’ve helped numerous friends over the past few days, and they desperately need supplies. Supplies to help clean their soaked homes, supplies for their everyday care, supplies that would make their life easier. Cleaning supplies, rags, towels, buckets, lots of plastic storage containers with lids, garbage bags, mosquito spray, gloves, paper plates/cups/utensils, extra shoes or rubber boots, tape, scissors, tools, wheel barrows, lawn chairs to sit on, hand sanitizer, first aid kit … These are common supplies needed and bringing these items to the damaged areas is worth more than gold.

Prayers

As a praying person, I firmly believe praying is necessary. But I also believe praying should be paired with action if you are able. If you live far away, if you are not physically able to help, if you do not have money to provide relief – then please continue to pray for Louisiana and it’s flood survivors. If at the end of the day, we feel we have nothing left to give, we always have this one thing left within us, our prayers.

Listen

In our world these days. we have multiple outlets to express our feelings and words, and often we forget that our voice can be insignificant. In times of tragedy, we as those not affected need to offer our love and support by listening. Ask flood victims about their life, how they were affected, what could you do at that very moment that would help them. Just listen to them. Listen without your words. Offer your shoulder for them to cry on. Offer your safe and judge-free arms to comfort them. Offer your love and listen. It is their story to tell, not ours.How to help flood victims

Louisiana’s people are compassionate, loving, and resilient. We come together time and time again, disaster after disaster. We lean on each other to pick up the pieces of our lives.

We desperately want to help ease the suffering of our fellow Louisianans because when they mourn, we mourn. Providing action, our physical help and labor, being there for them through it all will not only help heal our broken state, but it will also heal our broken hearts. There are no words in the English language that can make this better, but our actions can. And we will be better for it.

10 Things You CAN DO for Flood Victims

“Actions speak louder than words” is a saying that most everyone has heard throughout their life. Most of us understand the concept behind it, but for the Louisiana flood victims this saying is taking on a whole new meaning in their life that was turned upside down.

How to help flood victims

How to help flood victims

I previously wrote a blog stating the 10 things you should not say to flood victims. Comforting words may seem appropriate, but sometimes words are not enough. In times like these, a listening ear, comforting arms, helping hands, and a shoulder to cry on is what they need most. They physically need you. In addition to telling your friend whose house flooded how sorry you are and they are in your prayers, would it be possible to do something else? Yes.There.Is.

Here are 10 things that you CAN DO for flood victims now…

Labor

Louisiana’s people are strong and proud. We here in the South despise asking for help. We do. So let’s not make them ask. Show up at their house and work beside them. Cleaning, gutting, and physically helping them rearrange their life is truly what is needed first and foremost as they begin the road of recovery. Four hands are better than two. Six hands are better than four. Take it upon yourself to offer your help and follow through until you are no longer needed.

Childcare

Have you ever cleaned your house with your young kids in it? It’s extremely difficult and almost pointless. There are thousands of moms and dads entering their houses ready to get to work, but they have one problem. The daycare down the street and the school on the corner are also flooded. One of the best ways to help fellow parents is offering FREE childcare. Watch those babies so that the home that they know and love can be made new again.

Although your cousin’s house may have electricity their refrigerator, stove, and microwave were ruined in the flood. Providing a hot meal in a to-go box, bringing them snacks and drinks (water is good but give sports drinks too), or even picking them up for dinner at your house is an excellent way to say you care. A hot meal after a long day is good for the soul. (You know us Louisiana peeps love to eat!)

Laundry

Imagine for a moment upon entering your flooded home after being gone for a few days and seeing your clothes washed throughout the house with the smell of mildew everywhere. Your bedspread still dry on the top, but soaking wet on the bottom. How awesome would it be for your friend to come by your house, load up all that laundry to bring it home and get busy washing? This easy way to help means saving the clothes that they love and could save tons of money. (FYI: hose off the clothes first, then wash and wash again!)

Shelter

One of the most comforting things we as humans have is knowing that we have a safe place to lay our head at night. If you were fortunate enough to be spared during the flood, this is the very least you can do for victims. Offer your home, a bed or couch, a hot shower, your phone, and your computer and internet for insurance or FEMA claims. Offer the safety of your home. Please open your heart and your home for those who need comforting in this tragic time. (If you cannot do this, another great way to help is volunteering at shelters!)

How to help flood victims

Along with the thousands of houses that flooded, there were an equal amount of vehicles that did also. We take for granted the ability to hop into our car and head to Target. Flood victims are not only dealing with repairing their home, but they are likely dealing with not having a vehicle. Reach out to your family or friends and offer to help them run errands, let them borrow your car if possible, or even taxi them from one place to another. They’d appreciate any help you can give.

Gift Cards / Money

While not everyone may be able to help those who have lost everything through a monetary donation, many can and should. Providing cash or gift cards to your dear friends would seriously take a load off their back. Bills, everyday needs, construction costs – all of these things and more are swirling in their head. If you can provide this relief, please do.

Supplies

I’ve helped numerous friends over the past few days, and they desperately need supplies. Supplies to help clean their soaked homes, supplies for their everyday care, supplies that would make their life easier. Cleaning supplies, rags, towels, buckets, lots of plastic storage containers with lids, garbage bags, mosquito spray, gloves, paper plates/cups/utensils, extra shoes or rubber boots, tape, scissors, tools, wheel barrows, lawn chairs to sit on, hand sanitizer, first aid kit … These are common supplies needed and bringing these items to the damaged areas is worth more than gold.

Prayers

As a praying person, I firmly believe praying is necessary. But I also believe praying should be paired with action if you are able. If you live far away, if you are not physically able to help, if you do not have money to provide relief – then please continue to pray for Louisiana and it’s flood survivors. If at the end of the day, we feel we have nothing left to give, we always have this one thing left within us, our prayers.

Listen

In our world these days. we have multiple outlets to express our feelings and words, and often we forget that our voice can be insignificant. In times of tragedy, we as those not affected need to offer our love and support by listening. Ask flood victims about their life, how they were affected, what could you do at that very moment that would help them. Just listen to them. Listen without your words. Offer your shoulder for them to cry on. Offer your safe and judge-free arms to comfort them. Offer your love and listen. It is their story to tell, not ours.How to help flood victims

Louisiana’s people are compassionate, loving, and resilient. We come together time and time again, disaster after disaster. We lean on each other to pick up the pieces of our lives.

We desperately want to help ease the suffering of our fellow Louisianans because when they mourn, we mourn. Providing action, our physical help and labor, being there for them through it all will not only help heal our broken state, but it will also heal our broken hearts. There are no words in the English language that can make this better, but our actions can. And we will be better for it.

An intense July 2016 monsoon has seen Assam and Bihar hit by high-intensity flooding, and the lives of over 5 million people across 40 districts have been affected. Survivors are being evacuated by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and Indian Army, and over a million have been moved to relief camps. The largely agrarian region has seen damage to 99,416 hectares of standing crops, and civic amenities like roads, bridges, embankments, also essential services like communication and transportation have been disrupted.

Here is how you can help during one of the worst calamities the year has seen.

1. Donate money to NGOs mounting relief response
When you donate money,you will be used to rapidly procure resources, providing a constant stream of relief services and goods. This is the fastest form of relief that an ordinary person can undertake, as disaster relief is incredibly expensive. There are many long-term costs of rebuilding the damaged communities, and NGOs like Save the Children need all the assistance they can get keeping children safe from disease, the preying eyes of child exploitation, and illiteracy. You can easily donate online via net banking, thereby helping thousands of motivated volunteers, officers and employees working in an NGO.

2. Support an NGO by volunteering on the ground
While the army and NDRF are assisting in evacuation, shelter, food and medical logistics, the survival of these people requires volunteers to be working round the clock.

Grassroots volunteers are the engine of any NGO’s on-ground operations, especially in adverse situations like the ongoing floods. Volunteers can offer their skills, leadership qualities, and also do the on-ground work. In such situations, every single person can make a huge difference. Volunteers are constantly being recruited, trained, and provided opportunities to travel and work closely with people in impoverished areas. Along with the satisfaction of having made a difference, they learn several DIY (Do It Yourself) skills.

3. Donate in kind (medicines, blankets, food items, etc.)
Along with readymade food packets, food rations being distributed are intended for nutritious and warm food, including ‘chura’ (beaten rice), jaggery, rice, dal, salt and oil. Survival rations to keep survivors warm and safe include matchboxes, candle packets, kerosene oil, solar lamps, polythene sheets, groundsheets, floor mats, tarpaulin, mosquito nets and blankets. All this will keep people in the relief camps free of malnutrition, starvation, and disease. You can donate these in kind, or donate cash so that bulk orders for these can be placed. Financial support is also needed to replenish stocks of lifesaving medicines being rushed to relief camps.

4. Mobilise other people through social media
Through social media, anyone can reach millions about donation goals. The time you and your friends spend on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can be used to drum up support, which can translate into donations for survivors.
Here’s how you can use social media to increase awareness:

i. Share and like posts: Save the Children is actively using social media to showcase donation targets, ongoing rescue efforts, and other important updates.

ii. Invite friends: To maximise support for the rescue and relief, initiative, invite friends to Like and Share essential information like fundraising goals.

iii. Retweet: Simply hitting the ‘Retweet’ button adds a lot of mileage to something – the Twitter trends of today become the breaking news of tomorrow.

5. Support charity fundraising

Fundraising is essential to scale relief operations as more and more survivors are evacuated and placed in relief camps.

i. Door-to-door donation drives, or public venue activities in malls, shop kiosks and airports

ii. Grant proposals with action points, budgets, and measurable objectives can be pitched to philanthropists, corporates, Institutions, funding agencies, and government bodies

iv. Fundraising events, such as dinners, charity sales, etc. High net worth individuals and influencers can not only donate, but also use their star power to push for visibility.

v. Online fundraising: Crowdsourcing websites are great for small donations that add up, and emailers and other web content can supplement fundraising campaigns.

Conclusion
Every single act you perform to aid the survivors of the floods goes towards giving a new lease of life to the children in need. As you read this, donated resources are being assembled and shipped to relief camps by Save the Children. The NGO is recognised as a leading force in rescue and rehabilitation of communities during disasters. The NGO’s emergency response approach empowers affected families for a quick recovery to fight child mortality, and also, rebuild their lives. Employees, partners and volunteers are trained for an Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan (EPP), and also runs child-centered and community-based preparedness programmes across vulnerable communities.

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As the floodwaters from Tropical Storm Fred recede, the full extent of the damage is becoming clear. Residents of Haywood County and beyond have rallied together to create avenues for donations and opportunities to support those in need. Countless churches, businesses and individuals are actively accepting and sorting donations.

However, at 11 a.m. Thursday, Haywood County Emergency Services urged caution.

“Scammers will seize on opportunities to take advantage of a community’s good will. We remind the public to only donate to reputable organizations. Financial donations to assist with recovery efforts and impacted families may be directed to the Haywood County United Way. A helpline has also been established at 828-356-2022 to help direct donations and provide assistance to locals with storm-related needs.”

The helpline is in operation from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is available to assist with missing person information, food and housing needs, special needs, volunteer or donation opportunities and other storm-related needs.

United Way of Haywood County is working closely with County government and local non-profits to gather information about immediate needs of the victims of recent flooding in Canton, Clyde and upstream communities. Its partner agencies are committed to long-term, multi-layered recovery efforts and have aligned services with United Way in order to better serve the community.

The United Way is coordinating financial contributions to nonprofit agencies serving flood victims. Please contact Executive Director, Celessa Willett, 828-356-2832 to make a donation. Supporting agencies include:

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Mountain Projects, which will support case management and is available to take applications for Section 8 Housing based on income eligibility. Haywood Public Transit, a division of Mountain Projects, offers free transportation to those affected by flooding. Mountain Projects will update its Facebook page to share up-to-date information and opportunities for those in need.

The Haywood Pathways Center is accepting applications for emergency shelter. Individuals and families must meet eligibility requirements.

The Salvation Army is providing food at the Jukebox Junction at the intersection of US 276 and NC 215 in Bethel. Clothes to Kids is working with the school system to meet clothing needs for children. Lifeworks is distributing water and snacks near Canton.

If you’ve been displaced by flooding and need a place to live, if you wish to donate to help this re-housing effort, or if you have a home to rent to displaced flood victims, visit Mountain Projects resource page mountainprojects.org/flood-relief-information.

Anyone seeking to donate items for the recovery effort are encouraged to take them to the following locations:

Bethel Baptist Church: 5868 Pigeon Rd, Canton, NC 28716

Helping Haywood: 289 Industrial Park Drive Waynesville

Haywood County Schools

According to Nolte, there are two avenues for people wanting to provide support to Haywood County Schools. People can provide monetary support through the Haywood County Schools Foundation under the Tropical Storm Fred Relief. That money will be used for things like feeding restoration workers, purchasing supplies, materials and services related to restoration.

For people wanting to give hands-on help, Nolte recommends making direct contact with schools that have sustained damage.

This page will be updated in the coming days as avenues for donations and strategies for long-term support are devised.

If you know someone who has been impacted by a natural disaster, or simply want to lend a helping hand, there are a number of things you can do to contribute to the relief efforts.

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The impact of natural disasters like hurricanes and wildfires can be felt for weeks, months, and even years after disaster strikes. Rebuilding and recovery take a lot of time and effort and resources often run short, leading to greater complications for evacuees and others who have been affected. Here are 5 of the most effective ways to help disaster victims:

1. Donate to accredited disaster relief organizations

If you have the ability to donate cash to an accredited disaster relief organization, this will always be the most helpful way to help disaster victims. Cash donations offer the most flexibility and can be directed and used where they are needed most. If you are unable to make a monetary donation but still want to contribute to the relief effort, your next best option is to contact an accredited organization to find out about volunteer disaster relief.

You can also donate supplies and equipment, but before you do, reach out to an accredited organization to find out what they need and how best to help disaster victims. Sending unsolicited or unnecessary goods or supplies directs limited resources away from providing essential services, and can actually do more harm than good.

There are many reputable organizations to donate to after a natural disaster. Every organization contributes its own expertise to the relief effort, so do your research before you donate to find a disaster relief organization that speaks to you. Here are some of the most popular organizations:

  • United Way
  • Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response team
  • The Humane Society of the United States’ Disaster Relief Fund
  • The American Red Cross
  • Feeding Texas
  • Houston Food Bank
  • Galveston Food Bank
  • Corpus Christi Food Bank
  • Coalition for the Homeless of Houston
  • Airbnb
  • GoFundMe
  • Portlight
  • Texas Diaper Bank
  • Star of Hope Mission
  • Hope for Haiti
  • UNICEF USA
  • GlobalGiving
  • Direct Relief
  • Samaritan’s Purse

If you would like to help pets and other non-humans affected by natural disasters, consider donating to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Best Friends Animal Society and the South Florida Wildlife Center.

For more information on how to help disaster victims, visit Ready.gov.

2. Plan a fundraiser

Organizing a fundraiser, whether you conduct it independently or in conjunction with your kids’ school, your church, or your community association, is a great way to raise funds or collect donations that can be sent into evacuation and relief zones via an accredited organization. Before you start collecting money or supplies, contact the organization you intend to donate to and confirm what is needed.

If you are unable to organize a fundraiser or want to cast an even wider net, you can also raise money using crowdfunding websites like GoFundMe or YouCaring.

3. Send goods and supplies to loved ones in affected areas

Essentials like furniture, mattresses, and clothing are often lost or destroyed during a natural disaster like a hurricane. Stores may not reopen right away and supplies of common necessities might be scarce, so replacing these items can be difficult. If you can, get in touch with loved ones in affected areas and find out what they need before you ship household goods their way. The most commonly required items include:

  • Furniture
  • Mattresses
  • Clothing
  • Toiletries
  • Food and water
  • Generators

TSI can help you ship supplies and equipment to your loved ones as quickly as possible. Learn more about our expedited shipping services.

4. Ship supplies into recovery and evacuation zones

If you don’t have any loved ones in the area but still want to help, consider shipping much-needed supplies into recovery and evacuation zones. Always contact an accredited organization before donating relief supplies—sending goods that aren’t needed will add to the workload relief workers and volunteers are already dealing with, and will divert limited resources and attention away from the relief effort.

Items that are commonly needed in evacuation zones include:

  • Medical supplies
  • Pallets of water or food
  • Generators
  • Heavy equipment and machinery
  • Construction materials

Our emergency shipping services can help get life-saving materials to their destination fast.

5. Give blood

Blood is essential for helping victims recover after a natural disaster. While governments and qualified businesses are capable of sending other medical supplies into evacuation and recovery zones, they cannot supply this much-needed but often forgotten resource.

Learn more about the role you can play in natural disaster response from [email protected], the online Master of Social Work program at the University of Southern California.

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Wondering how you can help flood victims? What to make sure you’re donating to a legitimate organization? The Whatcom Community Foundation has a ‘Resilience Fund‘ set up to help! Generous local donors have created a pool of matching funds to support gifts made to the Resilience Fund for local emergency flood response and assistance. All individual donations will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $115,000.

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In the last few days, parts of Malaysia have been badly hit by severe floods. With rescue missions still ongoing, we know that it’s going to be a long road to recovery. Over 32,000 people have been moved to rescue centres in Selangor alone, and other states are reporting equally high numbers.

If you’ve been scrolling through social media wondering what you can do to help in these trying times, here’s how:

1. Join rescue missions

We’re now on day 4 since the floods began. But while water levels are receding and the rains seem to have come to a halt, many people are still trapped in their homes. With no access to electricity and phone services, they are even unable to let rescuers know where they are.

In addition to the military boats that have been sent to ferry people to safety in batches, there are also NGOs that have joined the rescue missions. If you’re physically able to go to these badly-hit areas and help, go ahead and sign up as a volunteer.

However, please only go with NGOs that are trained in working through natural disasters like this. If you decide to go on your own or with groups with inadequate experience, it can be highly dangerous.

2. Volunteer at relief/food distribution centres

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If you’re unable to actually go out and rescue victims, another option is to help them settle in in relief centres. With tens of thousands now displaced in various shelters, there are a lot of arrangements to be made for victims.

Alternatively, you can help get warm meals to those who are in need of them. There are several locations that are currently preparing thousands of meals a day such as Gurdwara Sahib Petaling Jaya or The Port at Damansara. At the time of writing, volunteers are still needed to help cook and pack food. If you’d like to join in the efforts, just contact them to find out how you can be of assistance.

Besides these, you can also volunteer to clean houses that have been affected. For more ways on how you can help, check out this Instagram Guide put together by @shaherazahari.

3. Give monetary aid

Cash donations are always needed during a crisis like this, as they can be used to cover anything, from supplies needed for victims to repairing destroyed homes.

The most important thing when it comes to cash aid, however, is to direct them to the right places. Always go for legitimate and known organisations first before channeling your money elsewhere. This doesn’t mean that you can’t donate to individuals who are collecting funds. However, make sure that they’re able to provide receipts for how the cash is being used. Some organizations you can consider donating to can be found here.

4. Donate food, clothing & toiletries

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As most flood victims would have lost many of their belongings, any donations of essential items are much appreciated. If you’d like to send food directly to relief centres, consider packing dry or canned food as they can be kept for longer. It would be advisable to send vegetarian items so that they can be consumed by Malaysians from various religious backgrounds.

As for clothing, please pack up clothes that are in decent condition only. Avoid clothes that are damaged and no longer wearable. You can send those to centres that upcycle old clothing such as Kloth Cares instead.

If you’re not sure of what essentials to pack, some things you can include are:

  • soaps & shampoo
  • sanitary napkins
  • wet wipes
  • diapers for both adults and babies
  • candles & matches
  • Paracetamol
  • power bank

You can also make individual care packages with a bit of everything so that it can be distributed more easily.

5. Provide shelter & transportation

Got some extra space that’s unused at the moment? You can open your doors to some families for a few days. If you don’t know where you can offer your shelter, start by putting out announcements on social media.

Besides boats that are being used to transport victims, other much-needed vehicles at this point are 4x4s and 4WDs due to their wading depths. If you have one of these or know someone who does, feel free to offer to ferry not just people, but also their belongings and pets.

6. Share helpful information

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Don’t feel bad if you can’t do any of the above. There are still ways you can make a difference during this time, even if it has to be done virtually.

What’s kept us all in the loop regarding the floods is the information that’s been shared around—where to get help, which roads to avoid, where victims are still stranded, and so on. If you’ve been actively spreading the word on all of this, keep up the good work! A simple retweet or Instastory can go a long way.

At the same time, please ensure that the information you share is accurate and verified. The last thing you’d want, especially at a dire time like this, is for anyone’s efforts to go to waste.

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Click the image for links to information on updates, how to help, or seek assistance provided by the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management.

With the widespread flooding occurring recently, people across our region are dealing with immediate and urgent challenges – and Catholic Charities is here to provide emergency relief and recovery for our most vulnerable neighbors. We need your immediate help and support.

We expect to receive high numbers of calls for home repairs, basic needs and help with necessities due to lost wages. Following the May storms last year, Catholic Charities provided case management, direct assistance, and home repairs for hundreds of people, and we expect a similar situation as flood waters continue to rise this week. These flood situations result in homelessness, loss of critical vehicles, complete loss of belongings, inability to get medications and food – very critical challenges – and recovery can take weeks and months.

Please help us assist the poor and vulnerable by donating online now. Your immediate gifts ensure we can provide essential help without delay to seniors, single mothers, refugees and others in need across the Galveston-Houston region. You can also donate gift cards, or check out our in-kind donation page for other ideas on how to support those in need. Together, we can serve as Jesus, honoring each person with dignity and respect.

Our thoughts are with those impacted by the flooding. We wish everyone a safe and speedy recovery.

Thank you for supporting the Catholic Charities disaster response fund today!

By Amelia McGuire

Australia’s east coast is in the midst of one of the worst floods in the country’s history. After a summer of record high rainfall, the floods have so far caused a number of deaths, and the evacuation of thousands of Queensland and New South Wales residents.

Here are some effective ways to help the victims that won’t overwhelm the resources of the affected communities.

An aerial view of the largely submerged town of Grafton, NSW. Credit: SMH

Goods

At this stage, clothing and other goods are not recommended donations unless a charity or town specifically requests them. This is because many of the affected locations are without postal services and charities do not have enough resources to process the goods.

However, affected individuals can post requests for specific items they need on donation platform GIVIT. The platform gives one the option of funding the request, or donating the item itself.

Crisis Heroes connects those in need to people able to provide physical help with tasks such as heavy lifting, mould removal, and transport. It’s an easy-to-use platform that allows individuals to provide targeted help.

Seek Volunteer keeps an updated list of organisations in need of physical volunteers.

Money

St Vincent de Paul and The Australian Red Cross are both accepting financial donations for flood appeals in NSW and QLD.

The Red Cross appeal enables volunteer and staff to help with evacuations, relief centres and outreach service as well as supporting the recovery of the affected areas.

Donations to St Vincent’s will go towards food supplies and other essentials as well as helping families move back home, and replacing damaged furniture.

The Rural Fire Service and State Emergency Services are on the ground in both states and are accepting donations to supply volunteers with resources and equipment.

Fostering animals

Hundreds of animals have been displaced during the floods, and cannot stay in evacuation centres.

Anyone who sees injured or sick wildlife should call the RSPCA hotline 1300 ANIMAL.

The RSPCA is also asking those with the ability to foster an animal to contact [email protected] RSPCA NSW no longer requires volunteers to foster displaced animals.

You can find an updated list of the current evacuation centres in NSW here and QLD here.

Crisis support is available from Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Our Breaking News Alert will notify you of significant breaking news when it happens. Get it here.

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Over the last three days, Malaysia has been battered with continuous rainfall, with one senior government official calling it a one-in-a-100-year heavy rainfall.

Considering this sudden event, it’s no surprise that many states across Peninsular Malaysia were inundated with flash floods, destroying homes and displacing thousands of people.

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Flood waters in Shah Alam. IMAGE: Reuters / The Straits Times

The hardest hit place of all is Selangor, which also happens to be the country’s most populous state. There, people have been stranded on major highways, sometimes for hours on end, with little to no sign of improvement.

While the Malaysian government has despatched armed forces and additional police personnel to assist with evacuation efforts, critics say it’s too little too late, considering the anaemic response by Prime Minister Ismail Sabri following repeated calls for help on social media.

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IMAGE: EPA-EFE / The Straits Times

And as a result of this turtle-pace response, the Malaysian people have banded together to help each other out, with or without government assistance.

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Associate Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies, The University of Queensland

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Nicole George received funding from the Queensland Government in 2011 to support some of the research discussed in this article

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Lismore and Brisbane’s catastrophic flood emergency has come only a short time after the last flooding disaster.

We know from previous floods that as soon as the water recedes, flood-affected areas will be inundated with well-meaning volunteers wanting to help with the clean-up.

But although this volunteer effort is welcome in some ways, it can also be challenging for flood impacted people to manage and absorb.

As someone who lost pretty much everything in the 2011 Brisbane floods and who then led an ethnographic study on community responses to the floods in my suburb in the following year, I have some insights for those eager to help in the days to come.

1. Instead of ‘what can I do?’ ask ‘can I do such-and-such?’

Having a stream of unknown people walking through your property all asking what they can do to help can feel thoroughly overwhelming.

When those questions were asked of me by strangers in 2011, I was still in shock, and often struggled to say anything meaningful at all.

Rather than “What can I do?”, it was much easier if people said things like “Can I do such-and-such for you?”

So, trying not to put the burden of coordination on those you want to help is critically important.

Instead, ask if a particular task would be useful. People will often be grateful for your initiative.

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2. A less public approach to assistance can be very valuable

Brisbane’s 2011 Mud Army, as the name suggests, was a team of volunteers often focused on shovelling out mud-soaked belongings that became heaped up on people’s nature strips.

The pace was relentless and for me – and many I interviewed – felt uncontrolled.

We all later lamented the fact we had not tried to save more. Of course, many things are unsalvageable. But for treasured goods it doesn’t hurt to try.

This means a more mundane and less public approach to assistance can be very valuable.

For example, you might offer to:

empty people’s kitchen cupboards

take those items back to your own home (wheelbarrows, if you live close by, or plastic crates are great for these tasks)

wash those things and see what can be saved.

Likewise, you can also suggest people find their favourite clothing items and, again, wash or even dry clean these items for them and see if these can survive.

One of the nicest things someone did for me was to take a couple of tubs of plastic toys and Lego and wash these at home. With a toothbrush, I believe. It meant a lot to my kids.

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3. Don’t ‘donate’ your unwanted junk

Please do not “donate” your old junk and expect gratitude in return.

In 2011, I struggled with how much stuff people gave us that was unusable, ranging from rotten food and clothing that did not fit to broken kitchen goods and toys.

This just makes people feel awful generally, as if they have become destitute. It can also make people feel guilty because they are unable to absorb items they know people expect them to be receiving thankfully.

4. Be a good listener

In the longer term, let your flood-affected family and friends talk about this event as long as they need to.

People will be traumatised long after the clean-up ends. They need time, and to share struggles. Some may prefer to keep things to themselves. Others take comfort in talking. If they do, be generous.

One friend complained to me some months later in 2011 that flood-affected people seemed to talk about nothing else.

Many in my neighbourhood had similar responses, which meant we often felt we could only talk amongst ourselves about our experiences and emotions.

So, allow your flood-affected family and friends to continue to reflect on their experiences and losses if that is what they want to do.

And please try not reproach them if this is a recurring theme of conversation in the months or years that follow.

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We moved to higher ground a few years back but it has been surprising to me how much I am affected watching this disaster unfold again in the last days.

I will be heading back to our old suburb in coming days to help and will try to practice what I preach here.

IGN has compiled a list of humanitarian aid organizations currently working to support people impacted by the recent catastrophic flooding in South Africa.

The South African province of KwaZula/Natal is currently in the midst of a humanitarian crisis as a result of above average precipitation, which has caused heavy flooding across the region. Pummeled by rains on the weekend of April 10, the local meteorological agencies have stated this is one of the heaviest floods recorded in a day in 60 years. It has left a trail of destruction on human life, private property, and infrastructure. At the time of writing, 435 people have been confirmed dead and there’s been an estimated 10 billion rand ($656 million USD) worth of damage to property and infrastructure.

Where to Donate

At this time, funds for supplying potable water, food, and shelter are imperative in the short term to help civilians on the ground. Depending on your values and ability to donate, we encourage you to consider the resources we’ve researched below for ways you can help support the people of KwaZulu/Natal.

Gift of the Givers

Gift of the Givers is a South Africa-based relief group with a global footprint. They have been at the forefront of assisting the citizens of KwaZulu/Natal, and they offer immediate assistance.

UNICEF South Africa

UNICEF South Africa are dedicating resources specifically to children affected by the flooding. With a number of schools wiped out completely, their work is imperative in helping to reopen schools.

Save the Children

Save the Children is on the ground right now providing immediate needs, and both short and long term health and educational support.

IGN has been diligently practicing ways in which we can share cultural celebrations and promote inclusivity, as well as drive support toward humanitarian causes through our How to Help articles. The IGN editorial team is committed to using our platform for good to aid the innocent voices who need it the most. We of course encourage our readers to support the causes and associated organizations that most resonate with them, and encourage you to donate if you have the means to.

More than 1,300 homes have been ordered to evacuate.

May 9, 2011 — Thousands of people from Arkansas to Tennessee are fleeing their homes ahead of recording-breaking flooding. Here’s what you can do to help.

The Mississippi River’s record crest was 48.7 feet in 1937 and the Army Corp of Engineers expects the river to rise to 48 feet by early Tuesday morning.

More than 1,300 homes are under an evacuation order and another 240 have been warned that they might need to leave. Nearly 400 people are staying in shelters. The damage has been extensive in places like Memphis where entire neighborhoods have been swallowed by the water and vehicles completely submerged.

Find out below how to help and donate to the flood relief effort.

Donate to the Flood Relief Effort

To make a donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief, visit its online donation page.

You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

To donate to the United Way, visit its online donation page.

To donate to the Salvation Army’s flood relief efforts, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org, click on their donation page and designate “May Floods.”

You can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and donors can text “GIVE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation. Checks can be made out to the Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, Ga., 30384-0339.

To make a donation to Hope Presbyterian Church, visit its online donation section located at the bottom of this page.

All donated items must be new and in original packaging. At the request of the shelters, please only bring items from the list below:

Towels and washcloths BIG NEED FOR WASHCLOTHS

Batteries – sizes: C,D, AA, AAA BIG NEED

Ear Plugs BIG NEED

Socks for kids and adults BIG NEED

Flip Flops (for the showers) BIG NEED

Shaving cream/gel BIG NEED

Wal-Mart or Target gift cards BIG NEED

Deodorant Men’s/Women’s BIG NEED

Shampoo/conditioner (unopened hotel bottles work great)BIG NEED

Combs (Wide & Regular Tooth)

Pony tail holders/Hair clips

Toothbrushes (individually packaged)

Training/Toddler Toothpaste BIG NEED

Children’s toothbrushes BIG NEED

Hair Gel BIG BIG NEED

General first-aid (band-aids, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, TUMS, rubbing alcohol) BIG NEED FOR RUBBING ALCOHOL & PEROXIDE

Lip Balm BIG NEED

Diapers & Pull-Ups (all sizes) 0-3, 6, 2t, 3t, 4t, 5t

Baby/Child Medicine BIG NEED

Teething Medicine BIG NEED

Diaper Rash Cream BIG NEED

Travel size baby lotion & wash BIG NEED

Baby Oil BIG NEED

Baby bottle brushes

Baby formula (No generics please: Carnation or Gerber “Good Start Gentle Plus”)

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HOUSTON (KTRK) — When Houston is hit with a tough situation, neighbors are the first to step up and help each other out.

Since many of you have asked, here’s how you can help.

DONATE:
Mayor Sylvester Turner is establishing the Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund to accept flood relief donations.

“We’ve been hearing from residents who are confused about where they should donate to get assistance directly to the residents of our city who are suffering, said Mayor Turner. “The creation of this fund will ensure the dollars donated stay in our community. The fund will focus on aiding storm victims and relief organizations in Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery Counties.”

The Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501 (c)(3)nonprofit public charity will administer the fund. Online credit card donations will be assessed a small fee, typically 3 percent, by the credit card companies. Donors have the option of increasing their credit card donations to cover this fee. To donate, go to www.houstonrecovers.org and follow the instructions.

Harvest Time Church accepting donations
17770 Imperial Valley Drive
People can donate diapers, wipes, personal hygiene products, snack foods for children, water, clothing. And if any caterers want to donate hot meals for displaced residents, the pastor welcomes you.

Precinct 1 Constables Office accepting donations
Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen’s office has established a collection point in downtown Houston for donations of new clothing, diapers, hygiene items and other necessities for county residents who had to evacuate their homes due to flooding. Donors of items for evacuees may leave them with security personnel in the lobby of the county annex at 1302 Preston Street between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays. Precinct 1 staff will ensure the proper delivery of the items. For more information call Erica Davis of Precinct 1 at 832.286.3876.

FLOOD REPORT:
The City of Houston Office of Emergency Management is asking any residents who experienced flooding inside their home or business to report it to the Houston 311 Help & Information Line by calling 311 or submitting the report online here.

RED CROSS:
Those who wish to donate to flood relief may do so at redcross.org/donate.

GIVE BLOOD:
Blood donations are always needed, especially in times of crisis. Find a Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center location near you at giveblood.org.

Call for #volunteers to pack Disaster Boxes for those impacted by the floods. For info & register: https://t.co/nxrlT1GkVX! #houston

— Houston Food Bank (@HoustonFoodBank) April 20, 2016

FOOD BANKS:
Volunteers to help sort, process and box food and other necessities for disaster boxes for those impacted by the floods earlier this week.

The Houston Food Bank’s main warehouse facility is at 535 Portwall Street. Register to volunteer online or call 713-547-8604.

Cash donations are also needed and can be made through the houstonfoodbank.org.

Montgomery County Food Bank is asking residents to donate $10 to aid in flood emergency food assistance.

Cash donations are also needed and can be made through mcfoodbank.org. To text to give, simply send the letters MCFB to 45777.

If you or someone you know are in need of emergency food assistance, please contact MCFB through their website at mcfoodbank.org or call 936-539-6686.

Volunteers can contact the Food Bank to help sort by emailing [email protected].

SHELTERS
The American Red Cross has opened additional shelters to aid those impacted by severe rain and flooding throughout the Greater Houston area. The entire current list of shelters is below:

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! Volunteers are greatly needed to staff shelters as well as distribute food and provide other services to those in need. Training will be provided on site. Anyone interested in assisting this way is encouraged to go to redcross.org/volunteer or call 713.313.5491.

HARRIS COUNTY:
Johnston Middle School, 10410 Manhattan Dr., Houston
Jersey Village Baptist Church, 16518 Jersey Drive, Jersey Village
MO Campbell Education Center, 1865 Aldine Bender Rd., Houston
Rosehill United Methodist Church, 21022 Rosehill Church Rd, Tomball
St. John’s Church-Northwest, 8787 N. Houston Rosslyn Rd, Houston

Precinct 7 Deputies Offering Assistance to Flood Victims
Citizens in Sunnyside, South Park, Third Ward, or the Hiram Clarke area stranded due to high water can call the Precinct 7 24-hour Dispatch for assistance. The number to call is 713-643- 6602.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY:
East Montgomery County Senior Center, 21679 McCleskey Road, New Caney
First United Methodist Church Conroe, 4309 West Davis, Conroe
South County Community Center, 2235 Lake Robbins Rd., Spring

WALLER COUNTY:
Royal High School, 2550 Durkin Rd., Pattison

These shelters will be open 24 hours a day, providing a warm, dry place to stay, food and emotional support for area residents who are not able to remain at their homes due to storms and flooding.

These emergency organizations are asking for donations to help the stricken state.

Peter Slattery

Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

In what’s been called the worst national disaster since Superstorm Sandy, southern Louisiana has suffered severe flooding that has left thousands displaced and 11 reported dead.

As thousands of volunteers from all 50 states have rushed to assist the stricken state, here’s what you can do to help flood victims.

As noted by VolunteerLouisiana.gov and The Advocate reporter Bryn Stole, monetary donations are preferred to donated goods. This is because cash donations avoid the labor and expense of sorting, packing, transporting, and distributing donated goods, and allow relief agencies to meet individual needs more quickly.

To donate money to United Way of Louisiana, you can text LAFLOOD to 313131 or visit cauw.org.

To donate to the Red Cross, visit redcross.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Second Harvest Food Bank says they will distribute thousands of pounds of food, water, and supplies to flood victims, and are asking supporters to donate here.

The Gulf Coast Floods Children’s Relief Fund aims to provide support to specifically help children and families with emergency assistance. They’re accepting donations here.

The Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana has established a relief fund to assist teachers with classroom supplies, which you can donate to here.

A full list of voluntary organizations involved in disaster relief can be found here.

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Tens of thousands of British Columbians are struggling to piece together their lives after catastrophic flooding destroyed an untold number of homes.

Whether through donations of food, clothing, shelter or even hauling stranded farm animals, British Columbians have mobilized to lend aid to the most desperate.

But with only limited capacity at local emergency shelters, Emergency Management BC says those looking to help should make monetary donations to trusted organizations like the Food Bank of B.C. or United Way.

“First Nations communities, local authorities, and evacuation centres may not be able to accept or manage physical donations from members of the public or businesses,” wrote an EMBC spokesperson in an email to Glacier Media.

“Unless a community or organization has asked for specific goods, donations of physical goods can actually hamper other response activities by drawing time and energy away from them.”

PROVINCE LAUNCHES DISASTER ASSISTANCE

On Thursday, the B.C. government said Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) is available for any B.C. resident hit by floods or landslides between Nov. 14 and 16, 2021. That includes anyone in the southwest, central and southeast areas of the province, as well as Vancouver Island.

The assistance will be made available for anyone without adequate insurance to cover the scale of the damage — from homeowners, tenants and business owners to local governments and Indigenous communities.

“By regulation, DFA is unable to compensate for losses for which insurance was reasonably and readily available,” noted a press release from the Minister of Public Safety and the Solicitor General.

Assessments will be made on a case-by-case basis “in a fair and consistent way,” added the ministry.

If accepted, DFA will cover 80 per cent of the total eligible damage that exceeds $1,000. The most an applicant can claim is $300,000, though claims can be made in more than one category, say as a homeowner and farmer.

Eligible small business owners and farmers must show damage has been done to their primary source of income.

Homeowners and tenants must show damage impacts their principal residence; vacation properties, as well as several luxury items — hot tubs, patios, pools, garden tools, landscaping, luxury items (e.g., jewelry, fur coats and collectables) and recreational items (e.g., bicycles) — are not covered.

Applications for disaster assistance must be submitted to EMBC by Feb. 12, 2022, and can be accessed through the government’s online portal.

Local government and Indigenous communities must apply for assistance under a separate application form through the EMBC website.

More information is available through the EMBC portal or by calling 1-888 257-4777.

AN OCEAN AWAY

Sheila Thandi Aolick lives in Port Alberni, far removed from the damage her siblings and mother endured at their home on Sumas Prairie.

On Tuesday, one of her brothers and mother escaped their home as the foundation started to deteriorate. But another brother is among 40 people who have stayed behind in the evacuation zone, not willing to leave the house that’s been in the family for nearly 50 years.

“They went back to get him yesterday. But he’s so stubborn,” she said.

Aolick’s daughter lives with brain cancer and seizures, and they regularly travel to Vancouver to see medical specialists. Now, the house they stay in is surrounded by water.

“I don’t know where we’re going to stay,” she told Glacier Media.

Still, separated from her family, she said the outpouring of support across the province has been the one of the bright spot in an otherwise stressful situation.

She points to the relief efforts of Sikh community organizations like Khalsa Aid, which in the last few days rented a helicopter to ferry 3,000 meals to a group of people stranded in Hope, brought 300 pillows to evacuees at an Abbotsford emergency shelter, and provided pizza to dozens of truck drivers stuck in Kamloops.

“There’s a lot of people out there. I’m shocked to see how many people are trying to help, open up their homes for people they don’t know,” said Aolick.

“Still you can’t see. You’re far away on the other side of the ocean.”

So when she saw photos of her brother and mother escaping the floods, it provided one more outlet of relief.

NEIGHBOURS NOT WAITING TO HELP

Others are looking to fill gaps as best they can. Over the last few days, several neighbours of those affected by flood and landslides have been taking people into their homes and donating what they can.

At the shores of the floodwaters in Abbotsford, Tiffany Kosmas and her husband brought down several garbage bags of donations to a landing area where rescuers were dropping off flood victims in boats.

“I was on Facebook and I heard a few of the families were on their way somewhere and they’re still stuck. They don’t have anywhere to go,” she said. “There’s a husband stuck in a semi out there.”

Kosmas filled the garbage bags with clean, dry clothes, milk and a variety of food. Also in the bag — Yahtzee.

“They’re probably really bored,” she said.

Such spontaneous support has sprung sprung up in dozens, if not hundreds, of Facebook groups across B.C. Beyond donations, they offer an online clearing house for a host of emergency services, from boat evacuations in the devastated Sumas Prairie area of Abbotsford to hauling livestock trapped by floodwaters.

The fundraising website GoFundMe has set up a hub page to direct donations to legitimate campaigns helping flood victims.

On Wednesday, the Canadian Red Cross launched an extreme weather appeal for donations to help victims of flood, landslides and power outages.

Whether assisting for the long-term or just in the immediate aftermath, here are practical ways you can aid people impacted by flooding

State Emergency Services are among the organisations accepting donations to help those in NSW and Queensland worst-hit by floods. Photograph: Dan Peled/Getty Images

State Emergency Services are among the organisations accepting donations to help those in NSW and Queensland worst-hit by floods. Photograph: Dan Peled/Getty Images

The deadly flooding in Queensland and New South Wales has sparked an outpouring of grief across the country, with Australians eager to offer assistance.

The Mud Army is being reformed in Brisbane, coordinated by the Brisbane City Council.

But with thousands displaced, more to be evacuated and authorities still wading through the wreckage, much more will need to be done in the coming days, months and years.

Guardian Australia has compiled a list of how to best provide help to residents in Queensland and New South Wales.

Donate to charities

Donating money is the most practical way to offer immediate flood assistance, particularly as the flood waters begin to recede.

A number of major charities, including the Australian Red Cross and Vinnies, are accepting donations to provide urgent relief and humanitarian support to flood-affected communities.

The Red Cross is coordinating a disaster appeal across both states. Funds will be used to provide vital humanitarian support, including enabling volunteers and staff to help with evacuations, relief centres, outreach services and ongoing support.

Foodbank Queensland, NSW and ACT have launched flood appeals and are preparing to support affected communities and charities through the recovery period.

The SES and State Fire Service are working with volunteers to help those in the worst hit areas. You can donate to the Queensland SES here, and the New South Wales SES here.

Clothes, groceries and unwanted goods are not, in general, appropriate items to donate unless they are specifically being requested by charities.

Instead, check with local recovery committees to see what needs to be done and what specific items are needed, or – if you know those directly affected – check in on friends and family. Offer to wash and dry items to see what can be salvaged, or help empty a cupboard.

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National not-for-profit GIVIT is also managing offers of donated goods, services, volunteering and funds, in partnership with the Queensland and NSW governments. Via the platform users can donate items, funds or time depending on what specific requests have been made from people and communities affected by storms and flooding.

Local charities and groups are also accepting assistance. Koori Mail has released a GoFundMe for the Bundjalung communities and missions that have been cut off due to Lismore floods, with donations going towards temporary accommodation and emergency supplies.

Educate yourself and listen

After the initial crisis, recovery from a severe weather event takes weeks, months and, often, years. It is in this time that people who have lived through the natural disaster are most in need of support. Trauma lingers long after the clean-up is over.

Those who have lived through floods say it is vital at this time to allow family and friends to talk about what they’ve experienced once the volunteers have retreated.

Those affected may need professional help.

Those feeling anxious, lonely and distressed can be directed to the following agencies for help:

Lifeline has a team of professional counsellors who can talk to you about your mental health concerns, or those you have for a loved one. You can call the 24/7 crisis support helpline on 13 11 14 or text or message them online here.

Beyond Blue also provides a 24/7 counselling service over the phone. You can reach them at 1300 22 4636, or visit them online to direct message or email a counseller.

Headspace also helps young Australians experiencing mental health concerns – call them on 1800 650 890 or contact them online here.

Lifeline also has a Lifeline Community Recovery team who visit communities to provide counselling and psychological first aid in the weeks and months after major weather events. More information is available here.

Have you been typing on Google “flood relief 2022” and “flood donations” all week? Whether it’s donating money or items, there are various ways for you to provide flood relief and donations to one of the thousands of Australians affected by the recent flooding in Queensland and New South Wales.

Many people have had their businesses, homes and belongings destroyed and as a result, have had to evacuate and seek shelter. Below is a list of ways you can help those who’ve been affected by floods in Queensland and New South Wales.

How to help

Donate items

The charities below have set up appeals.

  • St Vincent de Paul Society NSW launched a flood appeal to assist people and communities impacted by the floods. Donations can be made by calling 13 18 12, at www.vinnies.org.au/NSWFloodAppeal or at any Vinnies Shop.
  • GIVIT is also matching flood victims with the exact essentials they need. Whether it’s cleaning supplies, sunscreen or a fuel voucher, you can choose to drop-off or fund the item. The site rolls live requests (currently at 78,853) from people who have been impacted. Visit this link to learn how you can donate.

Donation drives

If you’re in a position to donate, here are a few things that donation drives have listed as a priority.

  • Sydney-based clothing store For Artists Only is running a donation drive. Due to immense generosity, they have stopped taking clothing donations, but they’re still taking hardware vouchers, non-perishable foods, toiletries, essential medicines and electronics. You can check their Instagram here for more updates.
  • Clothing store, Nagnata in Byron Bay, is asking for doonas, bedding, blankets, pillows, towels, socks, underwear and clothes, as well as any toiletries and non-perishable foods. They’re asking people to drop items to their retail store, and they’ll deliver to local emergency centres.

How to help flood victims

Donate money

The SES and State Fire Service have been working day and night to help those in Queensland and now Northern NSW.

Volunteers for the Australian Red Cross are also working across multiple evacuation centres in Queensland and northern New South Wales. You can donate directly to their disaster relief fund here .

How to help flood victims

Seek professional help

After any traumatic event or natural disaster like a flood, feelings of anxiety or depression can develop. It’s important to seek help from your GP or a mental health professional and look after your mental health following a disaster.

For free, immediate and confidential support, you can seek out one of the following agencies:

  • Lifeline has a team of professional counsellors who can talk to you about your mental health concerns, or those you have for a loved one. You can reach the 24/7 crisis support helpline on 13 11 14 or text or message them online here .
  • Beyond Blue also provides a 24/7 counselling service over the phone. You can call them at 1300 22 4636, or visit them online to direct message or email a counsellor.
  • Headspace also helps young Australians experiencing mental health concerns – call them on 1800 650 890 or contact them online here .
  • Lifeline also has a Lifeline Community Recovery team who visit communities to provide counselling and psychological first aid in the weeks and months after major weather events. More information is available here .

Dickson, Hickman, Houston and Humphreys counties experienced torrential rainfall and deadly flooding this weekend, with the City of Waverly being heavily impacted. The floods claimed the lives of 22 people, reports Associated Press.

Preliminary reports from National Weather Service show 17.02″ of rain measured at McEwen, TN (Humphreys County), an all-time 24-hour rainfall record.

Many school buildings suffered extensive damage; school was canceled for the week for Humphreys County students. About 2,000 homes in Humphreys County still did not have power Monday evening.

From monetary donations to dropping off essential items, there are several ways you can help.

Monetary Donations

  • The American Red Cross is taking donations to provide relief for our area. For more information on that, visit https://www.redcross.org/donate/
  • Monetary donations may be brought to the Maury County Trustee Office between now and Wednesday at 4:30. Donations will be delivered to Humphreys County National Guard. Maury County Trustee Office is located at 1 Public Square, Columbia.
  • The Community Foundation has activated its Tennessee Emergency Response Fund in response to severe storms and flooding. Grants from the Fund will be made to nonprofits supporting relief and restoration in areas of Middle Tennessee affected by the severe storms and floods. Click here to donate.
  • GoFundMe: To make it easier for people who want to support those affected, GoFundMe built a centralized hub to identify all verified fundraisers related to the flooding in Tennessee. The hub is regularly updated as new fundraisers are verified by the Trust & Safety team and houses many fundraisers supporting the community: gofundme.com/c/act/tennessee-flooding

Cleanup/Recovery Volunteer

  • Anyone wanting to volunteer to help with cleanup and recovery can call 931-888-8011 or 931-888-8012. You can report after 8am to the volunteer staging area in the Dollar Tree Parking Lot at 515 West Main St. in Waverly. Volunteers at those numbers will match your skills with those who have needs.

Essential Goods Drop off Locations

You can drop off essential items like: baby wipes, baby diapers, baby formula, baby bottles/cups, non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, clothes and shoes of all sizes, hygiene products, bottled water, pre-packaged snacks, trash bags, socks, blankets, dog food, paper towels, plastic utensils, paper plates, toilet tissue at the following places

  • Old school MOVES in Columbia – accepting donations on Wednesday, Aug 25 from 7:30am-4:30pm in the Maury County Parking lot downtown
    1 Public Square, Columbia
  • National Guard Armory
    1421 U.S. 70, Waverly
  • Jonathan’s Grille (Bellevue)
    7653 Hwy 70 S, Nashville
  • Community Resource Center Warehouse
    218 Omohundro Place, Nashville, TN 37210
    Brown bins are available to place donations in 24 hours a day
  • Shower the People
    821 Templeton Drive, Nashville, 37205
    Located next to Charlotte Heights Church of Christ
  • The Getalong
    700A Fatherland Street
    Hours: Monday 10-4pm, Tuesday closed, Wednesday 1-5pm, Thursday 10-5pm, Friday 10-5pm, Saturday 10-4pm, & Sunday 10-4pm
  • White’s Mercantile
    2908 12th Ave South, Nashville, 37204
    Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm
  • Smart Art
    2416 Music Valley Drive, Suite 106
    Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm

Also, Apex Bank will donate $2,500 towards the funeral expenses of each individual who lost their lives. The contribution will be sent directly to the respective funeral home. If you, or anyone you know, has lost a loved one in the flooding in Humphreys County, please contact Marcus Vine (731) 213-0799 or Adam Mullinax at (731) 213-4004. You may also email him at [email protected] or visit our Waverly office at 201 West Main Street, Waverly, TN 37185.

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How to help flood victimsIf you’ve been wondering how you can help victims of the recent flooding in Nashville, I recently ran across a site with a great list of options. For many of you, the easiest way to help is with an online donation through one of the following links:

  • The Community Foundation of Middle TN
  • Middle TN Red Cross (click donate, select the Nashville Chapter)
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle TN
  • The Salvation Army (Nashville Area Command)

They also have great info on how to donate your time or items of need.

Having lived in Nashville in the past, and having seen pictures of the flooding in our old neighborhood and talked to former neighbors who were affected… I can only say is that it’s at least as bad as you’ve heard, if not worse.

Your help is most definitely needed.

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2 Responses to “How to Help Nashville Flood Victims”

Just a question…where does this money go? I am displaced because we had about 4 feet of water in our house. I haven’t heard of anyone getting anything from all the various fundraisers that have raised over $3,000,000. Who’s getting it?

Not a resident of Nashville, but I have seen video of the damage. If its worse than that, that’s not good.

Glad to see that you’re encouraging giving. Always good to realize that even small efforts can go a long way to help certain folks.

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How you can help those affected by KZN floods

On Wednesday evening, 13 April, provincial officials said that the death toll from devastating floods in and around Durban had risen to 306 after roads and hillsides were washed away as homes collapsed.

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JOHANNESBURG – Advocacy group I’m Staying South Africa has announced that it is in the process of collecting used warm clothing, canned foods and donations of mattresses and blankets and water for the people affected by the floods in KwaZulu-Natal.

On Wednesday evening, 13 April, provincial officials said that the death toll from the devastating floods in and around Durban had risen to 306 after roads and hillsides were washed away as homes collapsed.

The heaviest rains in the country’s 60 years pummelled on the weekend of 10 April, which according to AFP is the deadliest recorded in the country.

The I’m Staying Movement has appealed with the public to make any donations in order to help those who have been affected in the following ways:

BANKING DETAILS

Name of Account: Im Staying NPC

Account Number: 1207938173

Branch Code: 13853700

Account Type: Cheque

  • Kindly email [email protected] if you would like to receive a letter of acknowledgment for your donation.

Drop off points:

▪︎ GAUTENG:

    Hashtag Imstaying – 158 Rose Avenue, Ext 3, Lenasia. Landline number 0112116002 (9am-4pm). Ask for Yaseen Hoosen.

AA Wholesalers – 27 Bluegum Street, Anchorville, Lenasia. Landline number 0118571235 (8am-5pm). Ask for Ahmed Amod.

Yobuningi – Heuwelsig Estate, Centurion 0715425484. Ask for Shameem Baksh.

▪︎ DURBAN

The Rising Sun, 13/15 Peak Street, Croftdene, Chatsworth. Contact Shireen Govender on 031 459 8300 or Raj Maharaj 071 613 7485.

Al Ansaar Foundation, 207 West Road, Overport, Durban Landline 0312081601. Ask for Swaleha Shaik.

South African Evangelistic Mission, 12 Bedale Road, Malvern. Ask for Raj 084 415 8781.

Phoenix FM 105.4, Raza Oriental Plaza, 56 Pandora Street. Ask for Bash Hoosein 067 382 2623.

Humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers has also been aiding affected communities in Durban as many areas have been left with no clean water.

Water purification plants are also out of service.

Gift of the Givers’s Imtiaz Sooliman said that water tankers were trying to get to affected areas, but efforts were being hampered.

The organisation said that it was also helping affected informal settlements and low-lying areas around the city that had been affected.

“Hot meals, blankets, bottled water, warm clothes, sanitary pads and diapers are the initial requirements for those in low lying areas who have lost their material possessions. Food parcels, school uniforms and stationery will be provided where the need arises, building material will be considered as well as repairs to damaged school infrastructure,” the humanitarian group said in its statement on Tuesday, 12 April.

Those who would like to offer contributions to help Gift of the Givers can make donations through:

Account number: 052137228

Branch Code: 057525

Please send the deposit slip to [email protected] for a formal acknowledgement and to request a Section 18A tax-deductible certificate.

Various other advocacy and humanitarian groups have been also aiding the flood-ravaged province.

The Salvation Army is urging South Africans to help with blankets, food and clothing. Please use the code “KZN floods” to earmark your contribution to help those affected by the floods:

Bank: First National Bank
Branch: Braamfontein
Branch code: 251905
Account name: Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal
Account number: 50540087604
Reference: Please give your name and “KZN floods” as reference.

Companies wishing to assist should contact Captain Buthelezi at 082 994 4351.

Organizations are accepting food, money from volunteers who want to assist victims of flooding in Ellicott City.

How to help flood victims

ELLICOTT CITY, MD — Thousands of residents have raised their hands to help after Ellicott City’s Main Street was battered by a flash flood that claimed two lives.

The United Way of Central Maryland which established a fund called “ECStrong.” Donations will be used exclusively to support humanitarian relief for the victims affected by Saturday night’s severe flooding. To contribute, text “ECStrong” to 51555 or donate online.

The Ellicott City Partnership is also accepting donations for historic district businesses.

Find out what’s happening in Ellicott City with free, real-time updates from Patch.

The Community Action Council will be accepting food donations at the Howard County Food Bank. Distribution hours for flood victims are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 8920 Maryland 108, Suite A, Columbia, MD 21045. Questions, call: 410-313-6440

These items are in great demand, according to the Community Action Council:

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  • High-protein canned meals with pop tops (e.g., ravioli, spaghetti, soups)
  • Single-serve ready-to-eat breakfast, snack or energy bars
  • Paper plates, napkins, plastic forks and spoons
  • Toiletries
  • Diapers and baby food products

Additionally, people can donate money online to the food bank to support the food bank and flood victims.

For those on Twitter, users have been promoting the hashtag #ECStrong in a show of support for Ellicott City.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Janney.

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob is pictured praying at the Putra Mosque in Putrajaya December 31, 2021. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 31 — On the eve of 2022, Putrajaya today has committed to providing more assistance to those affected by the recent flood emergency with the announcement of several initiatives to help the rakyat bounce back from the disaster.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, in his special New Year’s address to the nation, said that he recognises that the predicament of flood victims in the coming months will be challenging, and pledged to offer further assistance that can be delivered promptly to those in need of it.

“As we approach the end of 2021, Keluarga Malaysia was tested with an unprecedented flood, especially in Selangor, Pahang, Negri Sembilan and other states. This disaster did not just destroy property; it took lives. I am deeply saddened by the 48 deaths from the flood, and I convey my deepest condolences to their families.

“Despite the tragedy and sadness brought by floods, the spirit of Keluarga Malaysia is still felt among the people, regardless of race, religion and standing,” he said in his speech.

He said that the government has decided to increase the Bantuan Wang Ihsan (BWI) initiative, from RM500 to RM1,000 to each household head, adding that this has already been provided on December 27, 10 days after the flooding began.

“This initiative will benefit over 45,000 households. The number who will receive this assistance can also increase once we are finished identifying those who were affected by the flood but did not move to temporary relief centres (PPS).

“To date, 20,000 households have received the BWI assistance,” he said.

A RM500 cash voucher for the purchase of electrical goods will also be issued to flood-affected families to replace electrical appliances damaged by the flooding will also be provided, said Ismail Sabri, adding that purchases can be made on premises or e-commerce platforms approved by the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources beginning January 7, 2022.

He said that vehicle assistance will also be provided by automakers, with Malaysian-built Perodua and Proton offering free towing and overhaul services, as well as a 50 per cent discount on spare parts.

He added that other companies will also provide free towing services and a discount of at least 25 per cent on parts and overhaul services at registered service centres.

“For owners of vehicles damaged by the floods, the government will also provide RM1,000 cash vouchers for the purpose of repairs and purchase of a new vehicle, including lorries, cars, motorcycles and others.

“Cash vouchers and discounts will commence starting January 2022,” he said.

Ismail Sabri said that the government will also provide cash assistance of up to RM5,000 per family for home improvements to flood victims who have suffered non-serious damage.

He said that for serious damage, the government itself would manage the house overhaul at a cost of up to RM15,000, while for homes that were destroyed by the floods, the government will assist up to RM56,000 to build a new home.

He said that the government has also agreed to provide RM2,500 cash specifically for the purchase of essential goods for those who suffered damages to goods due to the floods.

“The total cash award can be up to RM10,000 per household. This is the government’s effort to reduce the burden of the rakyat without them having to withdraw their EPF savings.

“With this effort, contributors can maintain their savings and enjoy an annual dividend of around 5 per cent and start planning for their future after retirement,” he said.

Malaysia this month was hit by one of the worst floods ever recorded in the nation’s history.

To date, 48 people have died with thousands of people displaced from their homes, seeking shelter in PPSs’ set up by the government.

Clean-up work has already begun in Selangor, where the flooding has relatively dissipated, but Malaysia’s eastern states are currently taking a heavy hit from the storm that caused the flood.

If you’re reading this, you’re probably already across the devastating floods happening in NSW and QLD right now.

Described by NSW’s premier as a ‘once in a 1000 years event’, the floodwaters continue to rise, causing death and widespread destruction in communities across the two states. So far, eight people have died, hundreds more are still missing, and thousands have been evacuated from homes that have been completely destroyed by the record-breaking event.

Thousands of Australians need your help, so if there’s ever a time to dig into your pockets, it’s now. The time will come for the donation of goods but for now, cash is king. While it sounds counterintuitive to advise against donating much-needed goods, in some cases unrequested donations can actually hinder recovery efforts by overwhelming under sourced organisations. Below you’ll find some worthy organisations to direct your funds to—help out if you can.

Koori Mail is wholly owned by five Bundjalung Aboriginal community organisations: Bundjalung Tribal Society at Lismore, Bunjum Co-operative at Cabbage Tree Island, Buyinbin Co-operative at Casino, Kurrachee Cooperative at Coraki, and Nungera Co-operative at Maclean. All of these communities have been affected by the flooding, and when you donate to this fund, you can do so knowing that all of your money will go directly to the people and communities without deduction. Donations will be used for temporary accommodation, medical supplies, baby supplies, food vouchers, access to clean drinking water, clothing and dry linen, camping gear (eg. gas stove cookers, tents, sleeping bags, tarps, batteries) and sanitary items. Donate here.

If you live in NSW or QLD, you already know and appreciate the vital work of our State Emergency Services. They’re the lead agencies in response to floods, storms and tsunamis, and they’re often the first ones on the scene to help save lives and property. Your donations will go towards making sure that the volunteers (all of whom are are highly-skilled and well-trained to provide rescue, first aid and other vital services in emergencies) get the equipment and support they need to help get our neighbours to safety during these floods, and to assist communities in the aftermath. Donate to the NSW SES here or the QLD SES here.

Right now, Salvo’s Emergency Services Team and volunteers are in full operation across evacuation centres in QLD and NSW providing meals and emotional support to emergency workers and people escaping from the floodwaters. But their services are being stretched to the very limit, and donations are needed urgently. Just $70 will help provide emergency support on the front line in the form of food, clothing, and toiletries. If funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the emergency needs of people in affected areas of QLD and NSW, excess funds will be re-directed to the broader work supported by the Red Shield Appeal.

Vinnie’s are collecting flood relief for both states—just $58 can provide emergency groceries and essential items for a family whose lives have been turned upside down by the floods. $100 can buy a new set of clothing, and $340 can replace a home with furniture when all the contents have been lost. Donate to the NSW appeal here or the QLD appeal here.

Updated on: August 31, 2017 / 11:36 AM / CBS News

Hurricane Harvey has caused widespread damage across southeastern Texas and the floodwaters are expected to continue to rise for several more days. Officials say they expect 450,000 people to register as disaster victims with federal government. Thousands are already in shelters.

Here are ways to help flood victims and donate to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts:

FEMA Administrator Brock Long encouraged Americans who want to help storm victims to connect with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) online, which is coordinating donations and volunteers.

City of Houston Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, which accepts tax deductible donations for flood relief victims. The organization will accept checks, money orders, bank wire transfers, stock, corporate bonds and other marketable securities. For donation instructions, click here.

J.J. Watt Foundation

Houston Texans star J.J. Watt set up an online fundraiser called the Houston Flood Relief Fund on the YouCaring crowdfunding site. Watt has personally donated $100,000 to those who’ve been affected by the storm, and more than $10 million has already been pledged.

GoFundMe has also set up a web page for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is accepting donations by phone and online. Donors may text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Help those affected by #HurricaneHarvey. Visit https://t.co/IwTsENcx2z, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. pic.twitter.com/r4qSn8byXj

Following criticism of how the group managed some previous disasters, Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross, told “CBS This Morning,” “We are going to make sure that every designated dollar that is going to this storm is used appropriately.”

Facebook & Google Hurricane Harvey Funds

Google has set up a website for donations and says the company will match the amount people give, up to $1 million. Donations will go directly to Network for Good and will then be distributed to the American Red Cross, with Google covering all processing fees.

Facebook also says it will match every dollar raised through its platform, up to $1 million. Funds will go to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund to support local recovery and rebuilding efforts. Facebook users in the U.S. are getting a message at the top of their news feed on how to donate.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is also providing physical and emotional support to Harvey survivors and relief workers. Donors may make contributions to the “Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts” online, by mail or by phone.

Best way to help after #Harvey2017 is to make a financial donation to a disaster relief charity. Here’s how to support #SalvationArmy: pic.twitter.com/44nqVpg3Gs

Catholic Charities USA

Catholic Charities USA, the domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church, is accepting donations online and by phone. Text CCUSADISASTER to 71777 to make a donation.

Support our disaster relief efforts for #HurricaneHarvey & related floods. Text CCUSADISASTER to 71777 to donate. pic.twitter.com/mJFbsTC1BJ

Feeding Texas

The organization Feeding Texas has mobilized to assist families affected by flooding. Coastal food banks are currently distributing food to the public while inland food banks are assisting Red Cross shelters with items needed by refugees. Those who are in need of assistance can call 2-1-1 to learn where distribution centers are located. Local food banks are in need of staple foods such as powdered milk, cereal, pop-top meat, canned fruit, peanut butter, jelly and fruit cups. Cleaning supplies will also be accepted.

Texas Diaper Bank

The Texas Diaper bank is accepting diapers for Harvey victims (they need large sizes most of all) and donations. Their Facebook page is listing ways to donate, and they are suffering from more donations than their volunteers can sort, so they’re looking for additional volunteers.

Save The Children

Save the Children is providing infant and toddler supplies at all three mega shelter sites – including portable cribs and sheets, strollers, infant and toddler hygiene kits and portable washbasins – and will be distributing donated children’s clothing and school supplies in the coming days. In addition to supplies, Save the Children’s Child-Friendly Spaces are safe, well-supervised areas within shelters where children can play, socialize and begin to recover from the disaster, while allowing their parents to concentrate on addressing the family’s immediate and longer-term needs.

To support Save the Children go to SavetheChildren.org or text Hurricane to 20222 to donate $25 to the Hurricane Harvey Children’s Relief Fund, added directly to your mobile bill.

Blood donations

According to the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, hospitals in Texas are facing blood shortages. The organization is seeking blood donations in order to stock up trauma centers that are seeing an influx of patients in the aftermath of the storm.

Help animals rescued in Texas floods

Several organizations are helping pets displaced by the disaster .

Donations to The Humane Society of the United States help the group work with local officials to transport, rescue and care for animals.

The City of San Antonio Animal Care Services accepts donations online or by mail, and nearby residents can also drop off donations of items like pet food and cat litter.

Apps for Hurricane Harvey and other disasters

There are dozens of apps available to help you in the event of an emergency, including those that offer alerts for disasters and weather and apps for keeping emergency contacts or pertinent medical information easily available for first responders. Download.com has compiled a list of iOS and Android apps for emergencies.

Hurricane Harvey

First published on August 28, 2017 / 10:19 AM

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How to help flood victims

Organizations throughout Central Texas are looking for money, for donations of goods and for volunteers to help with flood relief efforts.

The city of Wimberley opened a hotline both for volunteers and for residents in need – that number is 512-754-2275. They also have a facebook page here, where they’re updating information about what they need.

Update Friday May 29, 10:15 a.m. There is a Multi-Agency Resource Center going on in Wimberley today (Friday) and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wimberley Community Center, 14068 Ranch Rd 12 in Wimberley. Those affected by the recent flooding are encouraged to go, as multiple agencies are there to assist. The Hays County Food Bank is distributing an emergency food box, water and bread to those who need it.

In San Marcos, there will be a Multi-Agency Resource Center Sunday and Monday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church, 624 E. Hopkins in San Marcos.

Ridesharing company Uber announced via press release that they’re reaching out to Hays County flood victims by making drivers available to pick up Austinites’ food donations — bagged or boxed non-perishable items — and shuttle them to food banks. This takes place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and it’s free. You’ll be able to request the donation pickup through the Uber app. They are also providing free rides next week for flood victims. More details on that are available here.

You can also bring food donations to the Barton Creek Farmer’s Market Saturday between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. If you’re donating non-perishable items, you can drop those off anytime Saturday after 9 a.m. at Barton Creek Square Mall. All the donations will be taken via refrigerated truck to the Hays County Food Bank.

Update Thursday May 28, 10:45 a.m.

Volunteering: Those who want to volunteer with the Hays County flood and disaster recovery in San Marcos should register with the Volunteer Resource Center at the Old Fish Hatchery, San Marcos Plaza Park, 206 C.M. Allen Parkway.

Volunteers in Wimberley should go Cypress Creek Church, 211 Stillwater, Wimberley.

Call 512-753-2320 for more information about volunteering. City, County and AmeriCorps are coordinating volunteers and organizations. Volunteer organizations, as well as individuals and companies wishing to help and donate specialized equipment, should email information to [email protected]

Donating: The Hays County Donation receiving site is located at the Donation Center, 200 Springtown Way, Suite 150, San Marcos 78666. It’s open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Supplies should be brought to the rear loading dock. This location is only accepting new supplies only at this time. To donate, go to the loading dock at the back of the building, and do not unload until you speak to an attendant on duty.

Flood victims may pick up supplies from the front of the Donation Center on Springtown Way. In Wimberley, residents may get supplies at Wimberley High School, 100 Carney, Wimberley.

Please do not bring donations to Wimberley High School. All donations for Hays County flood victims should be brought to the Donation Center, 200 Springtown Way, Suite 150, in San Marcos.

Most needed items: Toiletries, nonperishable food, water, mops, cleaning supplies, pet food, and baby diapers. Please bring NEW clothes only (not used).

A Call Center has been set up for disaster-related questions at 512-754-2275.

American Red Cross: You can check on loved ones and neighbors via the Red Cross’s Safe and Well registry here, and survivors are encouraged to register there as well. Donations to the Red Cross can be made online here. Those looking to donate can also do so by phone by calling 512-928-4271 or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 for a $10 donation.

The Austin Disaster Relief Network, a network of churches in the Greater Austin area, has established a warehouse, functioning as a drop-off site only, located at 1905 S Capitol Texas Highway, Austin Texas 78746. The warehouse is open today to receive donations from the community. Hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. In-kind donations needed are as follows: duct tape, tarps (20×10 and 10×10), gently used business clothing for men and women, new women’s bras, new underwear (men/women/children), new socks (men/women/children), hygiene products (tampons, diapers, shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste/toothbrushes, soap, wipes, deodorant, etc), purses, sponges, 3M face masks (N97), brooms, leather work gloves, mosquito spray, first aid kits, new blankets and new wrapped pillows. Volunteers are greatly needed to help assist in receiving donations and assisting families. To volunteer, go to this site and follow the instructions to sign up as a Warehouse Volunteer.

The United Way is also providing assistance to flood victims. To give online, visit United Way’s website or text FLOODS to 41444 for a $10 donation.

Send donations to the Central Texas Salvation Army online here. Donations via mail can be sent to Salvation Army, PO Box 1000, Austin TX, 78767. You can also text HELPAUSTINAREA to 41444 to make donations. For more information, follow the Salvation Army on twitter or look for updated information on its facebook page.

Catholic Charities is asking for donations to support immediate and long-term recovery needs for victims across their service region. The biggest need is for monetary donations, which can be given by calling 512-651-6126 or visiting the webpage here. One hundred percent of all disaster donations go directly to the families.

Catholic Charities is also accepting donations of recovery kits, including hygiene kits, non-perishable food packs and clean-up kits.

For a complete list of needs and the most up to date information, visit www.ccctx.org/disaster.

Those affected by the flood who are seeking legal help should be aware of the following: