Donating to Harvey relief efforts: How, when, what to give

Waugus tells WLUK at this stage in the relief effort, what they need most is money.

Some charities also will not send relief in a timely manner, so be sure to check on when the items will be donated.

Think about how you want your donation to be used. Without one already in place, it may be hard for the soliciting charity to actually do anything directly for the disaster’s victims.

Arizonans can also confirm the authenticity of charities through the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or GuideStar.

US-CERT, the US government’s chief agency responsible for detecting and minimising cyber threats, issued an advisory on Monday warning about the proliferation of online scams aimed at those donating to ease the suffering of those afflicted by Tropical Storm Harvey. Do not click on any links in emails or texts you might receive. Some charities that are formed shortly after a natural disaster or tragedy have good intentions but lack the experience to properly handle donors’ contributions.

Check out crowd funding campaigns before donating.

If you do want to donate, there is now a list on the BBB website of accredited charities that are helping with the relief funds in Texas.

San Diego-based International Relief Teams is already working to provide storm evacuees with personal hygiene kits.

Be wary of claims that 100 percent of donations will assist relief victims.

The Better Business Bureau is advising you to do a bit of research before you donate to an organization in order to avoid scammers.

– If you question the legitimacy of a charity, seek contact information for the operation rather than using the contact information provided in the pitch or search listing.

Organizations with names that sound similar to other better-known organizations.

Offers to pick up donations immediately versus in the mail or online. Consumers can report suspected scams to BBB Scam Tracker (bbb.org/scamtracker) or the Texas Attorney General’s hotline (800-621-0508 or consumeremergency@nag.texas.gov).

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