What to Know Before You Donate to Hurricane Victims

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A couple walk with their dog through high water along a street in Orange as Texas slowly moves toward recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, on September 6, 2017 in Orange, Texas. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic, battered the Virgin Islands Wednesday and is making its way toward the Bahamas and Florida. Meanwhile, relief efforts continue in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which caused at least 70 deaths and up to $180 billion in damages. As the need for donations increases, we discuss how to choose a charity to support victims of natural disasters and how to identify organizations to avoid.

Katelynn Rusnock,
advisory system manager, Charity Navigator
Stephanie Kalivas, analyst, CharityWatch

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