Hurricane Relief Resources

Picture of 3 volunteers helping with Harvey relief efforts.

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have devastated communities, including Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, and Puerto Rico, leaving paths of destruction in their wakes. The JHU Center for Social Concern has compiled a list of hurricane relief efforts as a resource for the Hopkins community.

Additionally, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has set up a Hurricane Harvey page and a Hurricane Irma page as great springboards for how to help.

The five living former American Presidents have set up a site to collect donations called The One America Appeal, a joint appeal to encourage their fellow citizens to support recovery efforts from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Avoid self-deploying to volunteer, as unexpectedly showing up to communities impacted by the hurricanes will create an additional burden for first responders. Rather, find an organization that needs volunteers.
  • A financial contribution to a recognized disaster relief organization is the most effective donation to make. Unsolicited donated goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs require helping agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.
  • Support will be needed over the next months and years. The FEMA director has noted that recovery will take a long time. Hurricane relief efforts should continue even when coverage has moved off of the news cycle.

Hurricane Harvey

There are tons of ways to help aid the communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. Below are several organizations committed to providing disaster relief efforts.


Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

The Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster provides a list of more than three dozen faith-based, community, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations that include volunteer engagement as a key component of their operations.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is requesting volunteers who are skilled in shelter operations to support Hurricane Harvey response efforts in Texas. To learn about opportunities, visit the American Red Cross blog.


ToolBank USA

The Houston Community ToolBank is one of nine city-based affiliates and will deploy their wealth of tools into local communities in crisis and recovery. ToolBank Disaster Services (TDS) has been deployed to Texas. The mobile unit will transport desperately needed tools to boost recovery efforts. Another unit will be deployed to Florida when sufficient funds are raised.

Salvation Army

Salvation Army disaster teams from across the country are mobilizing and, even after disaster response efforts are over, The Salvation Army will remain in communities impacted by this terrible storm, supporting long-term disaster recovery efforts and providing ongoing assistance to those in need.

Give to the Salvation Army here.

Central Texas Foodbank

The Central Texas Food Bank is at the front line of hunger relief with the help of roughly 250 Partner Agencies in 21 counties across Central Texas.


As survivors confront the historic scale of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation, Americares emergency response team is expanding hurricane relief efforts with local partners. Americares has made more than a dozen shipments of medicine and supplies worth $1.5 million to 14 local organizations helping survivors in Texas. While meeting emergency health needs, the team continues to coordinate planning with partners for longer-term recovery of health care services.

Donations to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund will support the Americares response to the hurricane. Should Americares raise funds in excess of what is needed to respond to this particular crisis, the funds will be redirected to where the need is greatest.


Greater Houston Community Foundation

Mayor Sylvester Turner and County Judge Ed Emmett have established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that will accept tax-deductible flood relief donations for victims that have been affected by the recent floods. The fund will be housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Instructions on how to give here.

Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)

The Houston SPCA is the lead nonprofit animal-related agency responsible for disaster rescue, recovery and relief efforts.

Save the Children

Save the Children has expanded its emergency response programs in San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas and are also delivering shelter supplies in Austin. Save the Children has also expanded its emergency response into Louisiana, where a team of staff has already distributed infant and toddler supplies to more than 50 families.

Read about JHU emergency medicine experts’ contributions to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Additionally, read about how to begin to talk about this natural disaster with students.

Hurricane Irma

Just as Hurricane Irma made its way through Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee, several organizations are preparing to help with shelter operations and volunteer mobilization and recovery.


Volunteer Florida

Volunteer Florida is the state’s lead agency for volunteers and donations before, during, and after disasters. Volunteer Florida mobilizes and deploys resources to assist those responding to and recovering from disasters. In response to Hurricane Irma, Volunteer Florida is mobilizing volunteers to staff our state’s shelters and other disaster relief organizations.

American Red Cross

Floridians who are interested in volunteering at shelters should complete shelter operations training through the American Red Cross. The training qualifies volunteers to serve as shelter volunteers and/or manage shelters.


Volunteer Florida

The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. It distributes funds to service organizations that will serve individuals within their communities with disaster response and recovery.

Council on Foundations

The Council on Foundations has resource pages listing response funds and other information about Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Save the Children

Save the Children is providing family-friendly supplies and services to Hurricane Irma survivors. We’ll also be the strong helping hand when it comes to restoring the critical childcare and education services that children depend on to get back to being kids.

Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria caused catastrophic damage during its journey across the Northeastern Caribbean. On October 5th, 2017, JHU students and staff conducted a map-a-thon to support hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Read about how alum and trustee Ethan Leder flew to Puerto Rico to deliver much-needed medical and emergency supplies, or about Bloomberg School PhD candidate Yonaira Rivera’s firsthand perspective on conditions in Puerto Rico after the storm.

Additionally, the organizations below are putting their best efforts into providing hurricane relief for the affected communities.


National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)

National VOAD, an association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters, provides a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination, and collaboration; and fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster.



With strong, damaging winds, Hurricane Maria has destroyed homes and critical infrastructure just two weeks after Hurricane Irma cut through the Caribbean. Several of GlobalGiving‘s local nonprofit partners are responding to survivors’ immediate needs and have asked us to help fund their preparation for hurricane relief and recovery efforts on the ground.

Save the Children

In a very active and destructive 2017 Hurricane Season, Save the Children is now preparing to respond to help children and families most affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Save the Children is in touch with federal authorities and established partners on the ground, as Hurricane Maria was projected to make a direct hit on Puerto Rico Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 20. Save the Children’s response and recovery efforts continue in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma across Florida.

United for Puerto Rico

United for Puerto Rico is an initiative brought forth by the First lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló in collaboration with the private sector, with the purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico needs your support. Join us and help Puerto Rico recover!

Hispanics in Philanthropy

Hispanics in Philanthropy have set up HIPGive Disaster Relief Funds to support the victims of the two earthquakes in Mexico as well as Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma. All the funds will be donated to local organizations working on relief efforts on the ground.


UNICEF USA is mobilizing to get immediate, critical support — Emergency Relief Kits — to the children of Puerto Rico. It is a global leader in emergency response, last year reaching children in 344 humanitarian emergencies across 108 countries. The organization stands ready to provide aid before, during and after a crisis.

Support UNICEF USA’S hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

Center for Popular Democracy

Low-income communities of color often face the worst destruction and slowest recovery and have fewer resources to safeguard homes, vehicles, and other property.  These communities are often forgotten by reconstruction efforts and underserved by insurance companies. The Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund will be used to support immediate hurricane relief, recovery, and equitable rebuilding in Puerto Rico for the communities hit hardest by the storm. The Fund is governed by organizations like Puerto Rico-based Taller Salud, the G8 of Caño Martín Peña, and other local, grassroots organizations.

Hispanic Federation

A coalition of New York City civic leaders including Mayor Bill DeBlasio, U.S. Congress Members Nydia Velázquez and Adriano Espaillat, and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito have joined the Hispanic Federation and its partnering community-based organizations to launch “Unidos” (United), a hurricane relief fund to help those impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The fund will be managed by the Hispanic Federation, and all proceeds will help hurricane victims and the recovery efforts through fellow community and civic organizations in Puerto Rico.

International Medical Corps

The International Medical Corps are responding in Puerto Rico, Florida, and across the Caribbean to ensure families are safe and have the resources they need to recover. Thousands will need emergency medical care, access to clean water and proper sanitation to help prevent the outbreak of cholera and other water-borne diseases. Make a donation to help our emergency response teams provide lifesaving care and supplies to survivors.


Donate to provide emergency medicine, supplies and medical outreach as Americares responds to the urgent needs of people already devastated by Hurricane Irma who are now caught in Hurricane Maria’s destructive path.

Direct Relief

Since 1948, Direct Relief has worked to help people who confront enormous hardship to recover from disasters and improve the quality of their lives. The tradition of direct and targeted assistance, provided in a manner that respects and involves the people served, has been a hallmark of the organization since its founding. Today, Direct Relief provides appropriate and specifically requested medical resources to community-based institutions and organizations in more than 70 countries, including the United States.

Donate now to hurricane relief efforts through the online donation form.

We will keep this page updated as new developments unfold. We can all do our part in supporting these communities in their time of need. Together, we can and will have a positive impact on those affected.