Loading new furniture donated to Hurricane Irma survivors in Chokoloskee, Fla.
The billions of dollars worth of aid dispatched every year to alleviate the suffering and damage after earthquakes and hurricanes would do more good if it didn't get clumped up.
Buildings damaged by Hurricane Maria are seen in Lares, Puerto Rico, October 2017.
Thousands died after Hurricane Maria, but it did not have to be that way. Early evidence should have led the government to a much stronger response.
Roberto Clemente State Park employees in New York, with donated bottled water bottles bound for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
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If you would like to assist from afar, let the professionals procure goods and services.
Syrian airstrike survivors.
Warning Syrians of approaching airstrikes via social media is helping save lives.
Ivan Rodriguez and Juan Ortiz are still searching for relatives who disappeared in San Miguel Los Lotes during Guatemala’s June 3 Fuego volcano eruption. The government’s rescue mission has now ended.
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Guatemala has ended its Fuego volcano rescue mission and declared 110 dead. But people in the hot, ash-covered eruption zone say that the real death tally is much higher and that they'll keep digging.
Hurricane Irma demolished Sint Maarten in the Dutch Antilles, in September 2017. The island has yet to recover.
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Corruption has made hurricane Caribbean countries' recovery less efficient and more expensive, new research shows. Misuse of funds may also trigger more disaster-related deaths.
Hurricane Irma passes Cuba and approaches southern Florida on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, with Hurricane Jose at lower right.
The 2018 hurricane season starts on June 1, with some communities still recovering from 2017 storms. Scholars offer insights about where the risks lie and who is most vulnerable during and after hurricanes.
Australian forces will need to be prepared for natural disaster relief missions.
Damian Pawlenko/Dept of Defence
Australia faces many security issues driven by climate change, including more international migration and an increase in defence personnel being sent on disaster relief missions, a Senate inquiry has found.
Cyclone Ava caused hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage in Madagascar.
Madagascar gets hit by an average of four cyclones each year but their full impact is still being tracked.
Some 17,000 U.S. troops aided in the Caribbean relief effort after hurricanes Irma and Maria. That’s roughly equivalent to the U.S. military’s humanitarian mission in the Philippines after Typhoon Hiyan in 2013.
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Compared to its foreign disaster missions, the US military mobilized slowly after Maria. But in numbers, capacity and logistics coordination, its work in Puerto Rico was on par with other aid efforts.
Children in disaster zones are often highly vulnerable.
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Shocking allegations of abuse by Oxfam aid workers in Haiti are testament to how badly the aid sector needs deep, systemic reform.
Being one of a series of disasters made relief in Puerto Rico harder to come by after Hurricane Maria.
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Charitable giving and government aid can shortchange disasters that follow other disasters.
The author, distributing medications at a shelter in Villalba, Puerto Rico.
It's hard but feasible to make a difference, as long as you work with the locals and don't become a 'disaster tourist.'
Soldiers deliver food and water following Hurricane Maria.
Two hurricanes in Puerto Rico's past fundamentally transformed the island's economy and politics. Maria will be the third, says a historian.
He didn’t throw paper towels in Texas. Why Puerto Rico?
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Evidence shows that US taxpayers are less willing to support extensive disaster relief when the victims are not white. Could that explain the Trump administration's lackluster support for Puerto Rico?
The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort traveled to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
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The military can make a big difference right away but humanitarian deployments should generally be rare and brief.
Actress Jennifer Garner, a Save the Children trustee and ambassador, helped distribute supplies after Hurricane Harvey.
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After a hurricane strikes or an earthquake makes shockwaves, support nonprofits that are clear about what they do and how they will spend your money.
Few Puerto Ricans expect the Trump administration to help the island as it did hurricane-hit Texas and Florida, yet the island’s recent bankruptcy has left it facing a humanitarian disaster.
Hurricane Maria has left 3.4 million Puerto Ricans facing shortages of food, health care and transit, an American humanitarian crisis fueled by the US territory's May 2017 bankruptcy.
Immokalee, Florida sustained heavy damage during Hurricane Irma.
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The bills now pending in Congress won't do what it will take.
Hurricane Irma caused major damage to Naples and other Florida cities.
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The desire to help during emergencies like Hurricane Irma is admirable. Doing some homework might make your contributions go farther.