Hurricane Sandy: Charities that are helping, how you can too

Published: Monday, Oct. 29 2012 10:47 a.m. MDT

Residents evacuate their home as waves crash in the Caribbean Terrace neighborhood of eastern Kingston, Jamaica, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. Hurricane Sandy pounded Jamaica with heavy rain as it headed for landfall near the country's most populous city on a track that would carry it across the Caribbean island to Cuba, and a possible threat to Florida. (AP Photo/Collin Reid)

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With the “Frankenstorm” fast approaching, many charitable organizations are mobilizing to help with relief efforts, according to a recent Deseret News article.

Hurricane Sandy, which is a category-1 hurricane, is expected to hit the East Coast from Virginia to Massachusetts on Monday evening. The storm is supposed to last until Tuesday.

In light of the storm, many nonprofit groups have already begun their relief efforts. Here is a list of groups you can donate to.

The Red Cross

The Red Cross posted an article on safety tips for the coming storm, including updating emergency plans, having a disaster kit and staying away from rip currents. The group has also started relief efforts for the Caribbean. Information on how to donate is at the bottom of the article.

The groups social media sites will also provide updated information on the pending disaster, which are all listed in a recent Deseret News article.

You can also donate by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visiting the social media links above. You can text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the local Red Cross chapter or the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.

Save the Children

This group is gearing up to help needy families affected by the hurricane. Save the Children will provide response efforts, emergency preparedness and disaster relief plans to individual families.

Direct Relief International

Direct Relief sent hurricane preparedness packs, which contain enough medicine and supplies to treat 100 people for three to five days, to 50 of its clinic partners in June. There is a link to donate on the upper right-hand corner of the site.

AmeriCares

The organization is working with 130 of its response partners to assess potential needs after the storm hits the coast.

“This storm is going to affect the densely populated Eastern seaboard, and is likely to cause significant damage to homes and businesses and disrupt transportation systems,” said Garrett Ingoglia, AmeriCares vice president of emergency response in a recent blog post on the group’s website. “This is going to be a very serious storm, and we are ready to help in any way we can.”

There is a link for donations on the post.

International Medical Corps

After the storm struck Haiti, International Medical went to work coordinating emergency response programs with the local government. A link to donate is in the upper right-hand corner of the site.


View Red Cross locations in Hurricane Sandy pathway in a larger map

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