Tips to protect yourself against Tropical Storm Harvey scams

So King said instead of buying that case of water on your own, donate that money instead and realize the Red Cross or some other worthy cause might be able to get two or three cases or even more instead. It doesn’t hurt me that people want to help people. The center suggests people donate monetarily to relief agencies.

US-CERT recommends that people be wary of links on social media and in emails, and that they verify all organizations before donating. “Scammers might try to lure consumers into giving money for Hurricane Harvey relief”. Cash donations are nearly always preferred over items – such as blankets, clothing and stuffed animals – often sent into overwhelmed disaster areas by well-meaning donors.

Master P empathizes with the victims of Hurricane Harvey because his hometown is New Orleans, and yesterday marked the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The Charity Navigator website includes ratings of most major charities, and has a page devoted to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts that points readers to some of the most reputable relief organizations working on the ground in Houston, including the Houston Food Bank, the Food Bank of Corpus Christi, Houston Humane Society, Houston SPCA or San Antonio Humane Society.

“Through IICF, we are able to very quickly unite our efforts in collecting donations, and distribute to local nonprofits in the Texas communities who will be able to help families across the region in a very real and meaningful way”, said John Vasturia, president, Specialty Markets, Munich Reinsurance America and IICF board of governors chair. The Canadian rapper wrote that Houston “has truly been a home to me over the last 8 years”.

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda made a donation and urged others to donate to the Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center.

Salvation Army. To make a financial donation, visit www.helpsalvationarmy.org, call 1.800.SAL ARMY, or text STORM to 51555. The Sarasota-based charity announced Tuesday that it was donating $250,000 to the CDP’s Hurricane Harvey fund; it had also given money to the group in the wake of other disasters. Services are provided without consideration of religious affiliation. To give to the United Way Flood Relief Fund, visit unitedwayhouston.org/flood or text UWFLOOD to 41444.

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