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The three main things you can do to help in the wake of Hurricane Matthew

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Over the next few days, Hurricane Matthew will touch hundreds, if not thousands of lives. Its impact will be measured for months and maybe years to come. 

So what can one person do after this incredibly destructive storm has passed? 

Here are the three main steps, and some recommendations, you can take to make a difference for hurricane survivors once Matthew is long gone. 

1. Donate money to organizations helping rebuild

The most obvious method of aid in situations like this is to give money to organizations that can help restore afflicted areas after the hurricane passes.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday that monetary contributions in the wake of the storm will be crucial in helping the state of Florida recover. 

Donating to the American Red Cross will help keep the 500 disaster workers and 90 response vehicles standing by in the southern United States out there. 

You can also give $10 by texting 90999. 

Haiti is another area of serious concern. The BBC reported Thursday evening that at least 264 people had died as a result of the storm. Many buildings in the country's main cities have been leveled. 

Haiti never truly recovered from the infamous earthquake in 2010 and now more than ever needs help. 

The Red cross, again, is another great resource in this regard. You can donate to their international branch via UNICEF here.  


While somewhat controversial given a supposed history of donations abuse, a great way of helping out in Haiti is by donating to non-governmental organizations that are already on the ground helping the country rebuild. 

There are many great ones to choose from, but make sure to do some research so you know where your money is going. 

A great organization to donate to is CARE, which is a major relief-providing organization that has a strong presence in Haiti.

You can donate to CARE here.

Other organizations worth of your donation include: 


2. Volunteer after the storm has passed

For people in or near the afflicted areas, the most valuable thing you might be able to donate is your time. All the money in the world won't do any good if there aren't people on the ground to put it to good use. Areas afflicted by natural disasters often need people to pick up trash, help clear debris, distribute resources, and much more. 

The two main bodies organizing volunteer efforts in Florida are the Red Cross and Volunteer Florida. 

Volunteer with the Red Cross by calling their main number or visiting their website. 

Volunteer Florida is also registering people to help clean up in the aftermath. 

3. Raising awareness 

Sometimes donating and volunteering are out of the question, and that's okay. There's another way that you can assist in helping areas afflicted by Hurricane Matthew recover: by raising awareness.

There's a lot of information that's released and circulated in the wake of a major natural disaster, by helping disseminate proven guidance among members of your community, you might be able to help save lives.  

If you can inspire just one more person to take one of these three steps, the chain of assistance grows one link longer. 

Check out USAid's fact sheet on how your actions and donations can impact the lives of survivors. 

The three main things you can do to help in the wake of Hurricane Matthew

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