(NEXSTAR) — Want to help those impacted by Hurricane Michael?
“Don’t send stuff, send money,” said Kevin Smith, director of the Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives. “The best way to help survivors is to donate time and money to trusted organizations.”
Those organizations are then able to get survivors what they need immediately.
Financial donations come with an added bonus: Those purchases go back into the local economy, aiding a faster recovery.
The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster has created a list of trusted organizations taking donations, many of which are already coordinating relief and response efforts in the impacted areas. You can also find Red Cross donation information on Nexstar station websites.
Florida and Georgia officials are asking volunteers to come with an organized group, since unexpected arrivals can add to the burden of first responders. NVOAD has also compiled a list of groups accepting volunteers.
Florida officials ask that people consider donating to the Florida Disaster Fund by visiting www.FloridaDisasterFund.org, or texting DISASTER to 20222 to make a one-time donation of $10. Those interested in volunteering or alternative ways to donate can visit www.volunteerflorida.org.
A list of trusted voluntary organizations in Georgia are available at https://gavoad.communityos.org. If you would like to volunteer, visit the Georgia volunteer registration page on NVOAD’s website or contact an organization directly to offer your service.