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How to help: Hurricanes Irma and Harvey

Updated September 12, 2017

A week after Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc across the Gulf coast of Texas and Louisiana, Hurricane Irma, one of the Atlantic’s most powerful storms ever recorded, swept across the Caribbean and into the southeastern United States.

Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida as a Category 4 storm on September 10, after leaving a trail of destruction through the Caribbean. Many islands remain without power and with little shelter. In Florida, more than seven million were evacuated throughout the state, and more than 6 million are without power—including many hospitals and medical facilities. Wind, rain, and floods from the storm caused far-reaching destruction and displacement, and recovery from the storm will take months and years.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Harvey recovery is in full force along the Gulf coast of Texas and Louisiana. FEMA modeling projects that 2.7 million homes in 29 counties in Texas were affected by the storm, and at least 22,000 homes have major or significant damages. Ongoing challenges in the region include transportation, sheltering displaced people, medical care, communication and power outages.

Critical needs vary depending on the area of the Gulf coast. In some areas, clean-up crews and muck-out efforts are well under way. Other areas are still focused on re-establishing essential resources, such as road access and hospital operations. We anticipate long-term needs to be housing, mental health, case management, and economic development, though specific needs will unfold in the coming months.

How to help in the United States

Fidelity Charitable has collaborated with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to provide the following list of organizations providing relief services for Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. These organizations are highlighted because they have existing operations in the region, the ability to incorporate a large influx of donations, and a strong, established record of excellence in disaster relief services. We expect to incorporate more local organizations into this list in the coming weeks, as these organizations establish long-term recovery plans.

Following a natural disaster, there can be an increased risk of fraud committed by individuals preying upon the good intentions of people wanting to help; donors should take care that the organizations they are supporting are legitimate. Fidelity Charitable makes grants only to IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) public charities, such as the organizations below.

All Hands Volunteers

TIN: 203414952
6 County Road Suite 6
Mattapoisett, MA 02739 - 1585

Americares

TIN: 061008595
88 Hamilton Avenue
Stamford, CT 06902

Direct Relief

TIN: 951831116
27 South La Patera Lane
Goleta, CA 93117

Feeding America

TIN: 363673599
P.O. Box 96749
Washington, DC 20090-6749

Salvation Army

TIN: 222406433
615 Slaters Lane
Alexandria, VA 22314-1112

Save the Children

TIN: 060726487
501 Kings Highway East, Suite 400
Fairfield, CT 06825

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

TIN: 135562279
P.O. Box 9068
New York, NY 10087-2068

World Vision

TIN: 951922279
P.O. Box 9716
Federal Way, WA 98063-9716

American National Red Cross

TIN: 530196605
P.O. Box 37243
Washington, DC 20013

The American National Red Cross was chartered by Congress in 1905 to play a central role in coordinating and responding to domestic and international disasters.

Fidelity Charitable donors recommending grants to the Red Cross should click on the drop down menu for use designation and choose Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Harvey. To recommend a grant to a specific Red Cross chapter, select the chapter from the list provided when searching in “Find a charity.”

Please note the organizations listed in this guidance do not represent the full list of organizations raising money for relief efforts for Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Fidelity Charitable has collaborated with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to provide these organizations to donors for reference purposes only, and Fidelity Charitable does not endorse these organizations. All grant recommendations are subject to review and approval by the Fidelity Charitable Trustees. Fidelity Charitable will communicate all grant designation recommendations for Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey relief to grantees.

How to help in the Caribbean

Fidelity Charitable has collaborated with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to provide the following list of organizations providing relief services for Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean. As with the organizations above, these groups are highlighted because they have existing operations in the region, the ability to incorporate a large influx of donations, and a strong, established record of excellence in disaster relief services.

We expect to incorporate more local organizations into this list in the coming weeks, as these organizations establish long-term recovery plans.

CARE

TIN: 131685039
P.O. Box 7039
Merrifield, VA 22116-7039

Catholic Charities

TIN: 530196620
2050 Ballenger Ave Ste 400
Alexandria, VA 22314-6893

Habitat for Humanity

TIN: 911914868
121 Habitat St
Americus, GA 31709-3423

Oxfam-America

TIN: 237069110
226 Causeway Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02114

Please note the organizations listed in this guidance do not represent the full list of organizations raising money for relief efforts for Hurricane Irma. Fidelity Charitable has collaborated with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to provide these organizations to donors for reference purposes only, and Fidelity Charitable does not endorse these organizations. All grant recommendations are subject to review and approval by the Fidelity Charitable Trustees. Fidelity Charitable will communicate all grant designation recommendations for Hurricane Irma relief to grantees.

How to help with long-term recovery

Center for Disaster Philanthropy

TIN: 455257937
1201 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036

While there is urgent need for immediate relief, we expect the relief efforts will extend well beyond the immediate aftermath of the storm, as residents of the region begin to recover and rebuild their homes, businesses and lives. If you are interested in supporting long-term recovery efforts, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy has created the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund and the Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund, which will both provide support in the months and years to come, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations.

Related resources

CDP brief: Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Gulf coast of Texas at the end of August, bringing more than 50 inches of rain in some areas.

Four phases of disaster relief

When should you give in a disaster? The opportunity to make a difference does not end after media coverage dies down.

Issue insight: Hurricanes

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy discusses the triple- threat brought on by hurricanes: winds, floods, and possible tornadoes.

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