Where you can donate to help with hurricane and earthquake relief and recovery
Some starting points on how to help.
If it seems like it’s been a bad year for disasters so far, it’s not your imagination.
The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Robert Glasser, earlier this month made note of the volume of extreme weather events unfolding across the world. “There can be little doubt that 2017 is turning into a year of historic significance in the struggle against climate change and all the other risks that put human life in danger and threaten the peace and security of exposed and vulnerable communities around the world who find themselves in harm’s way from hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes,” he said.
Many of those events have happened close to home. First, there was Hurricane Harvey, which brought record-breaking rains and flooding to Houston and other parts of the Gulf Coast in late August. It was followed by another exceptionally intense Hurricane Irma, which battered the Caribbean and Florida, leaving behind devastating scenes of ruin. But the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season still had Hurricanes Jose and Maria, which just dealt Puerto Rico an intensely brutal blow, up its sleeve.