How to help those affected by Hurricane Michael

Kaylee O'Brian weeps inside her home after several trees fell on it during Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — While residents of the southeast deal with the aftereffects of Hurricane Michael, Hoosiers can do their part to help rebuild after one of the strongest storms in U.S. history.

Indiana Task Force 1 deployed to Florida Tuesday. But you don't have to be a professional water rescue crew to help relief efforts. There are a number of reputable agencies that have launched efforts specifically for Hurricane Michael recover.

American Red Cross

Donate to the American Red Cross by going to its website or texting MICHAEL to 90999.

Florida Disaster Fund

Florida Governor Rick Scott activated the Florida Disaster Fund to help communities impacted by the storm. Donate $10 by texting DISASTER to 20222, or $25 by texting DISASTER25 to the same number. You can also donate online.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army works to help those in need with everything from shelter to hunger. Donate online here.

Global Giving

Global Giving is a crowdfunding site that connects nonprofit organizations and donors across the world. The Hurricane Michael Relief Fund on the website has a goal of $2 million. Donate here.


Americares is highly rated for its natural disaster relief aid. According to its website, the group is able to provide $200 in aid for every $10 donated. Make a donation here.

To learn more about giving habits of charities, check out The site rates charities based upon their financial health and the transparency about their donations.

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