Here's How To Help The Victims Of Hurricane Irma

Money, blood and shelter are all needed.

Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida on Sunday, hitting the state with rain and record winds.

Thousands have already been displaced and at least 26 people have been killed since the storm ripped through Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy, Anguilla, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Bahamas and Cuba’s Camaguey Archipelago over the course of this week.

Ahead of what will likely be a lengthy cleanup operation in the U.S. and across the Caribbean, here’s what you can do to help those affected:

1. Donate or volunteer

Multiple organizations are appealing for donations so they can send volunteers and supplies to the disaster areas.

Crowdfunding site GlobalGiving’sHurricane Irma Relief Fund” aims to provide food, water and medicine to survivors. It also plans to offer longer-term recovery assistance in helping people rebuild their communities.

GoFundMe is hosting dozens of crowdfunding campaigns that have been launched by individuals hit by the storm, or by those who want to help.

With Irma expected to displace thousands of pets, the ASPCA Field Investigation and Response Fund, Best Friends Animal Society and The Humane Society of the United States are seeking donations to boost animal rescue efforts.

Feeding Florida is working with the state’s food banks to make sure people in need are kept fed and hydrated.

Donors Choose has launched a recovery fund to help teachers in Florida and other parts of the southeastern U.S. rebuild their classrooms and replace supplies. Paypal and Apple are also accepting donations.

2. Give blood

Blood centers in Florida anticipate a shortage in supply, as their counterparts did in Texas following Hurricane Harvey.

Search online for blood drives local to you via the Red Cross website to book an appointment, or visit the LifeSouth website if you are in Florida.

3. Provide accommodation for evacuees

Airbnb is seeking homeowners in Florida and northern Georgia who are willing to open their homes for free to people who have been displaced by the hurricane and for relief workers who are deployed to help.

This article was updated on Sept. 10, 2017.

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