Michael making a mess

Who has good recommendations for local and regional charities that can quickly transform money into productive good work?

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    Stay safe everyone. What is the latest forecasted path? The regions that got all that rain from Florence probably don’t need any more at the moment.

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    Mary G says:

    That looks terrifying. Stay safe and dry, everybody!

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    JPL says:

    Since it is moving fast, flooding should not be as bad as Florence. The biggest danger is damage from the winds, and the storm surge. I’m north of Atlanta but southern GA is under a hurricane or tropical storm warnings.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @JPL: any trouble expected where we live? Haven’t followed it closely since I’m many states away and I obviously don’t care about the welfare of my wife, children, or pets.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Since it is moving fast, flooding should not be as bad as Florence.

    If the rivers have not dropped back to normal levels, it could be worse. The ground is already saturated and everything will go straight into the rivers.

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    JPL says:

    @Steve in the ATL: Just rain and some wind unless it changes direction. Tornado watches
    just south of Atlanta across to Athens, but we are not included. Around midnight we should have heavy rain and thunderstorms.

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    Jack the Second says:

    I’m not convinced there’s anything actually wrong with Red Cross.

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    VOR says:

    @Jack the Second: Pro Publica did some reporting about the American Red Cross responses to Sandy and their fiasco in Haiti. Paraphrasing, their conclusion was ARC was good at getting in front of cameras and less good at actual disaster relief. But certainly possible some lessons were learned in the past few years. I haven’t heard anything about their responses to Harvey or Maria last year or Florence this year.

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    Mai Naem mobile says:

    I don’t know shit about Florida geography and little about its politics but by chance is this hitting red areas of Florida which might affect the election results. It would be ironic since Ricky Scott has done so much voter suppression of blue voters.

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    Portlight. They’re not local, but they’re good.

    They focus on aiding older people, the disabled — people most vulnerable in a natural disaster. Not sure of his exact role, but I know Dr. Jeff Masters of Weather Underground has worked closely with them.

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    Damned at Random says:

    @Mai Naem mobile: @Mai Naem mobile: The Panhandle is very red. They don’t call it the Redneck Riviera for nothing.

    That said, if FEMA underperforms and Trump does his usual “nobody has ever seen such amazing response.A+” routine, some might wake up and begin to question their assumptions. Meanwhile, we aren’t them so try Red Cross or Direct Relief. I haven’t found any local organizations to recommend

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    J R in WV says:

    Wife, former reporter at the scene of so many disasters, says Red Cross is last to show up, wants to charge for coffee or sandwiches. She reports that Salvation Army shows up as soon as it is even marginally safe, provides food and drink to first responders at no charge, does not preach to survivors or first responders at a disaster.

    Industrial disasters, floods, prison riots, you name it, for 30 years she was there.

    Salvation Army gets annual donation every year.

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    debbie says:

    I would think the Cajun Navy would be a good place to start.

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    satby says:

    @Jack the Second: @VOR: I say this at every disaster: I was a responder in the Red Cross services for Katrina, and later worked under contract for an IT provider at the headquarters in DC. The volunteers for the Red Cross are wonderful. The way the Red Cross pisses away money in image building and other wasteful ways not so much. I don’t donate to them.
    I have a lot of trouble with the Salvation Army’s homophobic philosophy, but they are there in every disaster and they don’t discriminate or proselytize in the field, they just help. I donate to them, Partners in Health, Direct Relief, and Oxfam or Doctors Without Borders for international disasters.

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    Zelma says:

    I always suggest Lutheran Disaster Response. They are on the ground pretty quickly and work thru local churches. And all the money goes those in need; no overhead.


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    satby says:

    @Jack the Second: use Charity Navigator. There’s a lot still wrong with the Red Cross, and other organizations that do a better job with your donations.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Zelma: not Missouri synod, I assume, if they’re helping people rather than judging them

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    Nancy says:

    For domestic situations, I usually give money to Mennonite Disaster Services. They seem to be very good at showing up and fixed things. Actual Xtians.
    I have similar feelings about the salvation army as some up thread. Don’t like their POV, but they show up and help people. When I used to work for a runaway crisis line, they were the only group who would reliably take in a kid.

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    greenergood says:

    Weatherblog ‘Weather underground’ recommends Portlight charity which focuses on people with disabilities in disaster situations: http://www.portlight.com

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