Hurricane Irma is looming. We wish safety to all in its path, especially the displaced evacuees that were forced to leave their homes and belongings behind. You are our family, friends and neighbors, and our hearts are with you.
If you need assistance, the American Red Cross has resources for you. You can find shelters by calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767), visiting redcross.org or by downloading the free Red Cross emergency app. The emergency app is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
As Florida and Georgia brace for the storm, many nonprofits are already mobilizing. See below for a list of organizations helping evacuees and preparing for Irma’s aftermath. The Community Foundation is watching the storm carefully and early next week we will publish a list of nonprofit organizations helping the victims of the storm after it makes landfall.
- American Red Cross is planning to shelter more than 120,000 people, has activated 80 emergency response vehicles to support the response and had positioned 100,000 shelf-stable meals
- Atlanta Humane Society is helping to coordinate animal evacuation efforts and is taking in animals from shelters in Florida and Savannah
- Center for Disaster Philanthropy is uniquely focused on highlighting the long view of disaster recovery, including medium and long-term rebuilding needs.
- Habitat for Humanity is positioning emergency response equipment in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina