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Hurricane Relief Resource Center

Over the next days, weeks, months, there will be extended assistance campaigns to support the recovery of Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and other storm-impacted areas. Here’s a sampling of some of the efforts municipalities can join to aid in the recovery process.

Hurricane Maria

The Governor signed Executive Order No. 233 to designate municipal and county law enforcement and emergency responders as State Emergency Forces, which will be under the control and direction of the State Director of Emergency Management.  These local officials will compliment forces from the New Jersey National Guard, State Police and the State Office of Emergency Management in the safe deployment of critical emergency response resources. Executive Order No. 233 - Press Release: 9/29/17

Just a week after Hurricane Irma hit, Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, furthering damage extensively. Garden State municipalities are contributing to the efforts.

NJLM Issue Alert on Gov. Christie’s issuance of Executive Order 233 mobilizing NJ state, municipal, county, and private resources to provide aid to Puerto Rico.

“N.J. leaders seek to raise $100K to help crisis in Puerto Rico,” article by Karen Yi for NJ Advance Media for

“NJ mayor helping in disaster areas of Mexico, Puerto Rico,” by Kristen Keller for The Jersey Journal at 9/25/17

“If anyone can hear us…help.” Puerto Rico’s mayors describe widespread devastation from Hurricane Maria, by Samantha Schmidt and Daniel Cassady at 9/23/17

“Perth Amboy seeks joint effort to rebuild Puerto Rico,” by Suzanne Russell for 9/21/17

“New Jersey Mayors Offer Advice on Current Hurricane Relief,” by Megan Pinna for,   9/21/17

Links to Relief Organizations

New Jersey for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief


Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma-How to help the Recovery Advice from FEMA

After barreling through the Caribbean, USVI, and Puerto Rico, Hurricane Irma cut a swath of destruction from Key West through the state of Florida. We will continue to update this page, but here’s insights from FEMA on how to help the recovery process.

FEMA’s Post-Irma Recovery

To help people affected by the storm, visit @nvoad’s page for a listed of trusted organizations. To help, remember:

  • Cash is best. Financial contributions to recognized disaster relief organizations are the fastest, most flexible, and most effective method of donating. Organizations on the ground know what items and quantities are needed, often buy in bulk with discounts and, if possible, purchase through area businesses which supports economic recovery.
  • Confirm donations needed. Critical needs change rapidly – confirm needed items BEFORE collecting; pack and label carefully; confirm delivery locations; arrange transportation. Unsolicited goods NOT needed burden local organizations’ ability to meet survivors’ confirmed needs, drawing away valuable volunteer labor, transportation, and warehouse space.
  • Connect to volunteer. Trusted organizations operating in the affected area know where volunteers are needed, and can ensure appropriate volunteer safety, training, and housing.

Thank you for your interest in helping the survivors of Hurricane Irma, there are other ways to help. When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA to support survivors and first responders in communities all across the country. We are currently seeking talented and hard-working people to help support the response and recovery.


Hurricane Harvey

How to Help Disaster Survivors in Texas - Advice From FEMA

The most effective way to support disaster survivors in their recovery is to donate money and time to trusted, reputable, voluntary or charitable organizations.

Cash donations offer voluntary agencies and faith-based organizations the most flexibility to address urgently developing needs. With cash in hand, these organizations can obtain needed resources nearer to the disaster location. This inflow of cash also pumps money back into the local economy and helps local businesses recover faster.

Please do not donate unsolicited goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, medicine, or perishable foodstuffs at this time. When used personal items are donated, the helping agencies must redirect their staff away from providing direct services to survivors in order to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.

Donate through a trusted organization. At the national level, many voluntary-, faith- and community-based organizations are active in disasters, and are trusted ways to donate to disaster survivors. Individuals, corporations, and volunteers, can learn more about how to help on the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster(NVOAD) website.

In addition to the national members, The Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Texas VOAD) has a list of vetted disaster relief organizations providing services to survivors. Texas VOAD represents more than three dozen faith-based, community, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations.

NJ Department of Community Affairs Local Finance Notice: Local Government Responses to Hurricane Harvey

Press Releases

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner's message establishing Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Links to Relief Organizations

United Way of Great Houston Relief Fund

United Way of Texas Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

Greater Houston Community Foundation Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Texas VOAD) list of vetted disaster relief organizations

More on how to help at the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) website





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