Tips for donating:

•    Make donations to established organizations with a strong track record of organizing and providing disaster relief.

•    Initiate the donation yourself, rather than responding to online or phone solicitations.

•    Use the web site www.CharityNavigator.org to assist in identifying relief organizations and determining how much of their donations are used to help victims rather than on administrative overhead.

•    To confirm an online donation site is secure so that your financial information won’t be improperly accessed during the transaction, look for “https” in the organization’s website.

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