Hurricane Relief Resources
There has been a tremendous desire by Naperville residents to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey, which caused catastrophic flooding in Houston, Texas, as well as those in Florida who are now suffering from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Irma. With the aftermath of Hurricane Maria affecting Puerto Rico, there continues to be considerable interest from our community in helping others.
To best assist Naperville residents in giving responsibly to disaster relief, and to help ensure donations meet the needs of Harvey, Irma and Maria victims, the City has compiled the below advice regarding disaster relief donations as well as how you can immediately help those suffering.
This information was originally provided at an August 31, 2017, community meeting hosted by Mayor Steve Chirico, Naperville Emergency Management Coordinator Dan Nelson, and Naperville resident and disaster relief volunteer Susan Koranda. (As this event was prior to Hurricanes Irma and Maria, you will only find Harvey-related information in the presentation.) As recovery needs are identified, the below information will be updated as practical. Disaster recovery needs can change quickly, so the City encourages people to check the links below for the most up-to-date information.
- One America Appeal
Joint effort by all five living former American presidents to assist with recovery efforts from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria
- American Red Cross
You can also text HARVEY or IRMA to 90999 to donate $10.
- Salvation Army
1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) You can also text STORM to 51555
Takes medicine and supplies to survivors
- Catholic Charities
Provides food, clothing, shelter and support services to those from all religious backgrounds
- Habitat for Humanity
The group is helping families recover after Harvey and Irma and will assist with rebuilding efforts.
- Direct Relief
Medical relief nonprofit
- Heart to Heart International
Provides access to health care in the wake of a disaster
- PayPal Disaster Relief Campaign
How to Help Harvey Victims - Updated Sept. 22, 2017
The City of Houston has established a disaster recovery information webpage as it gets back to business following the impacts of Harvey. View this page for continued updates on how you can donate or volunteer to assist with their efforts.Learn More
Organizations in Texas
- Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
Organized by Houston’s Mayor, Sylvester Turner, and administered by Greater Houston Community Foundation
- Houston Food Bank
- Food Bank of Corpus Christi
- Houston Humane Society
- Houston SPCA
- San Antonio Humane Society
- Texas Diaper Bank
Currently seeking diapers and wipes – mail to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Texas 78238
- United Way of Greater Houston
Flood relief fund will be used to help with immediate needs as well as long-term services like minor home repair. You can also donate by texting UWFLOOD to 41444
How to Help Irma Victims - Updated Sept. 15, 2017
Organizations in Florida
- Volunteer Florida
- Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville
- Boca Helping Hands
- Heart of Florida United Way
- All Faiths Food Bank
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
How to Help Maria Victims - Updated Sept. 28, 2017
- Unidos por Puerto Rico (United for Puerto Rico)
An initiative from the first lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rossello, to provide aid to those impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria
Best Practices in Disaster Relief Donations
- Donating cash to a reputable disaster relief organization is the best way to assist immediately following a disaster - "Give money, not things"
- Specific disaster relief agencies have trained individuals who can specifically meet the physical and psychological needs of disaster victims.
- Donate to trusted organizations. You can research nonprofits at the following sites to make sure your donation will be spent wisely:
What to Avoid in Disaster Relief Giving
- Do not donate items without arranging it with organizations working in the area
- If everyone sends truckloads of goods without coordination, a "secondary disaster" is created.
- Unsolicited donated goods require agencies to redirect resources away from providing services to attempt to sort, package, transport, warehouse and distribute items that may not even meet the initial needs of disaster survivors.
- Avoid scams
- Evaluate organizations before you donate - does the charity's site say how funds will be used?
- Donate through an organization's website, not Facebook or Twitter
- If you donate via text message, only do so to organizations that you trust and have protections in place, like the Red Cross and Salvation Army. If you text to donate, the charge will show up on your mobile phone bill. If you've asked your mobile phone provider to block premium text messages - texts that cost extra - then you won't be able to donate this way.
- Your efforts will matter not just today or in the near future, but for years to come
- Ongoing donations are needed to help national relief agencies support local relief agencies
- There will be volunteer needs for many months, often years, after the disaster - especially when the community enters the long-term recovery period
- Consider signing up for training to volunteer with a relief organization