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Below are ways to help those affected by recent natural disasters:

From Texas to Florida and California to Puerto Rico, Americans have been devastated by intense natural disasters. Many have been left with the task of rebuilding their lives from scratch. Providers face these same challenges plus many more. Below are details of specific needs for members affected by these catastrophic events:

California

The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers has established the Richard Devylder Disaster Relief Fund. Donations made to the fund will be used to assist survivors with disabilities across the state who have lost their critical mobility and accessibility devices such as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes, hearing aids and communication devices in the fires

Puerto Rico

Portlight Strategies, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1997 to facilitate a variety of projects involving people with disabilities, including post-disaster relief work. Click here to donate.

Florida

For those of you who want to make a charitable contribution for Floridians, Governor Rick Scott has activated the Florida Disaster Fund to support individuals who are impacted by Tropical Storm Irma. The Florida Disaster Fund helps provide financial support to Florida’s communities in times of disaster.

To make a contribution, please visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org or text DISASTER to 20222 to make a one-time donation of $10. Volunteer Florida has also engaged with Facebook to activate a donation portal online.

Texas

California Wildfires Resources:

October Wildfires Resources and Information, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES).

Governor Jerry Brown's Announcement on Federal Aid to California, Office of the Governor.

Hurricane Maria Resources:

CMS has added information specific to Hurricane Maria, as well as Hurricane Nate.

— Portlight providing UCEED and ILC in Puerto Rico energy for wheelchair charging.

Hurricane Irma Resources:

HHS Secretary Price declares public health emergency in Florida due to Hurricane Irma, HHS.

— To see the federal government's Hurricane Irma-specific resources, visit: Hurricane Irma, FEMA

Hurricane Harvey Resources:

— For ways to donate to more general causes, visit: Where to Donate to Harvey Victims (and How to Avoid Scams)The New York Times

— Hurricane Harvey Resources for People with Disabilities, Access & Functional Needs, FEMA

CMS Hurricane Harvey Response and Information, CMS

— Important Social Security Information for People Affected by Hurricane Harvey, SSA

— Hurricane Harvey Resources: Inclusive Emergency Response, ACL

General Disaster Planning Resources:

— For general tips on how people with disabilities can prepare for a disaster, visit:

— If you would like to offer additional resources or share other ways to help, please contact relief@ancor.org