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Fortin writes: "As Hurricane Irma batters its way through the Caribbean and up toward southern Florida, here is a guide to how you can help the people it affects."

A rescue worker assists a woman. (photo: David J. Phillip/AP)
A rescue worker assists a woman. (photo: David J. Phillip/AP)


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How to Help Hurricane Irma Victims (and How to Avoid Scams)

By Jacey Fortin, The New York Times

09 September 17

 

s Hurricane Irma batters its way through the Caribbean and up toward southern Florida, here is a guide to how you can help the people it affects.

First, some general guidelines: The Center for International Disaster Information, a part of the United States Agency for International Development, offers useful tips on giving in the wake of disasters. Sending money is almost always the most efficient way to help, it emphasizes.

For those who find themselves near damaged communities and want to assist in person, the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, an association of disaster relief organizations, encourages people not to “self-deploy.” Instead, willing volunteers in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands or Florida can register to be contacted by relief workers by signing up on the association’s website. The Red Cross is also helping to coordinate volunteers.

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