The City of Irvine believes we all can make a difference, one person at a time, which is why we are committed to informing residents about the need and opportunity to help victims of natural and other disasters.
Three Category 4 hurricanes have made a U.S. landfall in a little less than a month, causing billions of dollars in damage. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have caused extensive damage and catastrophic flooding. Hurricane Maria's landfall with winds of 155 mph in Puerto Rico was the latest powerful storm in this historic and disastrous stretch for the continental U.S. and its Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands territories. For the first time in 166 years of weather records, three Atlantic Category 4 hurricanes have made landfall in the United States during the same year. Additionally, Mexico has fallen victim to two major earthquakes in two weeks. The 7.1 earthquake that struck on Sept. 19 was also the anniversary of a 1985 Mexico quake that killed nearly 10,000 people.
The Los Angeles Times has compiled a list of organizations providing on-the-ground services and accepting donations. Find out how you can help those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
As another source, here is the list of national charities from the New York Times:
- The American Red Cross is accepting donations on its website. You can also text HARVEY or IRMA to 90999 to donate $10.
- AmeriCares takes medicine and supplies to survivors.
- Catholic Charities provides food, clothing, shelter and support services to those from all religious backgrounds.
- Donations to the Salvation Army can be made online, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or texting STORM to 51555.
- AABB, which coordinates a task force to manage blood collection efforts during disasters, put out a call on Sunday for blood donations in the hurricane aftermath. Most in demand: those with type O-positive blood.
- GlobalGiving, a crowdfunding organization, has pledged that all money donated to its Mexico earthquake fund will go to recovery and relief efforts.
Those interested in donating blood may contact the following organizations:
- AABB: 301-907-6977
- America’s Blood Centers
- American Red Cross: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
- Armed Services Blood Program: 703-681-5979
The Humane Society of the United States is coordinating rescue efforts for animals affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The Humane Society maintains a list of Emergency Placement Partners throughout the country to find emergency shelter for animals. The Irvine Animal Care Center is a participant in this program, and is ready to assist if called on by The Humane Society. Read more about The Humane Society's coordinated response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
For all giving opportunities, visit Irvine Gives.