Thursday, August 23, 2007

Help midwest flood victims

Rain storms, including remnants of Tropical Storm Erin, have caused persistent flooding throughout parts of the Midwest and southern U.S. The flooding has damaged thousands of homes and businesses, and has claimed at least twenty lives. Many of these areas were already saturated from the elevated rainfall during previous weeks. As relief operations in Texas and Oklahoma continue, approximately 20 counties in Minnesota, Wisconsin and northeast Iowa are under assault by more recent flooding, much of it along the Mississippi river.

American Red Cross; Donate Now
Providing sheltering, food, damage assessment and counseling as families begin to recover from their losses.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Hurricane Dean

Hurricane Dean hit Jamaica and then slammed into Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula as a Category 5 storm; electricity was out in Chetumal where the eye of the storm hit. Most residents in the coastal heeded warnings to seek shelter or evacuate.

Many charities are in touch with their Mexico-based staff members monitoring the storm damage and preparing to mobilize relief supplies, delegates and/or financial assistance as needed.

>View photos from Hurricane Dean
>Support the American Red Cross National Disaster Fund
>Support Food for the Poor

Forecasters do not believe the storm presents a threat to the United States, although officials in Texas continue to make storm preparations just in case Dean's path takes an unexpected turn.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Help Peru Earthquake Victims

A powerful earthquake shook Peru killing hundreds and injured at least 1,000. Many people were killed in the rubble of their homes and some were in a cathedral when it collapsed.

You can help victims right now by supporting the charities below:

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC); Donate Now

Mobilizing efforts to help those in need

American Red Cross; Donate Now
Supporting the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in its response to the earthquake

Call 1-800-257-7575 to speak to someone at the Red Cross in Spanish

CARE; Donate Now
Assessing the humanitarian needs and will respond accordingly

CHF International; Donate Now
Mobilizing staff to assess needs and damage, and designing both immediate and long-term recovery programs

Direct Relief International; Donate Now
Offering assistance to the Peruvian American Medical Society (PAMS) and healthcare partners

MADRE; Donate Now
Responding with urgently needed items like blankets, clothing, food and medecine

Oxfam; Donate Now
Assessing damage and humanitarian needs in the region south of Lima

Partners of the Americas; Donate Now
Focusing on short-term relief for disaster-stricken areas

Save the Children; Donate Now
Conducting a rapid assessment of the needs of children and their families, and to provide lifesaving relief

World Vision; Donate Now
Helping to deliver relief survivors

UNICEF; Donate Now
Transporting emergency supplies and making sure the affected population has safe water

Volunteers for Inter-American Development Assistance (VIDA); Donate Now
Delivering donated medical and disaster relief supplies

You can also support recovery projects in Peru at GlobalGiving