Our thoughts and prayers are with all that have been impacted by the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. There are several emergency response organizations already in the affected areas helping with the immediate needs of the victims as well as supporting the long-term recovery. Many of these agencies, such as American Red Cross and Salvation Army, are supported by our local United Way and able to respond in times of large scale disaster because of your United Way support.
Right now, monetary donations are the best way to help with the disaster response. The initial response needs to be handled by trained disaster response professionals who can assist with major challenges such as food, water, shelter and medical help. If you would like to help victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma, please consider giving to a reputable organization with a history of disaster relief. United Way of Greater St. Louis has created a fund to support the affected communities, or here are a few suggestions of other organizations to donate to:
Please note that first responders are taking action in the response and recovery effort, and untrained and unaffiliated volunteers should not travel to the affected areas to help.
If you or someone you know in areas affected by the storms or flooding, dial 2-1-1 or visit 2-1-1’s website for community resources and up-to-date information, including open shelter locations, recovery assistance and emotional support.
Thank you again for your continued support and generosity in helping people.