Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Relief. Auburn Helps our Gulf coast neighbors. Background image is collage of hurricane radar photo and flooded street photo with interlocking AU logo and map outline of southern states

The Auburn Family joins many others around the state in expressing sympathy and concern for those affected by the devastating hurricanes Harvey (8/25) and Irma (9/10) which have caused unprecedented damage from Texas to Florida. There are many ways that you can assist in the immediate relief efforts as well as the longer term recovery in these devastated areas. Information on this page is provided to help you join the relief effort and provide helpful support for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma disaster survivors.

NOTE: Local emergency response authorities, the American Red Cross and other relief organizations are advising individuals NOT to travel to affected communities at this time, or to attempt to send unsolicited goods or perishable items to the area. Many of the impacted areas are accessible only to first-responders, who are on location to assess the areas of greatest need. Many thousands of people traveling to these areas at once creates serious safety concerns and hampers the ability of first responders.

How you can help: (Updated 9/18/17)

  1. Donate to Relief Efforts
    Financial contributions are the most efficient and effective way to help victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The Auburn family is encouraged to donate financially to trusted, reputable, voluntary or charitable organizations. Cash donations help relief agencies and organizations the most flexibility to address urgently developing needs. Among the relief agencies already responding to these disasters:
    • American Red Cross
      American Red Cross is providing shelters and relief in the hardest-hit areas.
      • Auburn University Blood Drive: The American Red Cross is hosting a 3-day blood drive supporting hurricanes Harvey and Irma patients. The blood drive will be held in the Auburn University Student Center Ballroom on September 19-21, 2017 from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Please encourage students and faculty to make on online appointment by going to www.redcrossblood.org and entering the sponsor code: AUBURN.
        • When: September 19-21 from 10am-4pm
        • Where: Auburn University Student Center Ballroom
        • Make an Appointment
      • Donate online: https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation. Donors can select the disaster relief option and choose “Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey” or “Help people affected by Hurricane Irma”.
      • Donate by phone: Call 1-800-RED-CROSS to donate
      • Donate by text: Just text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation
    • The Salvation Army
      The Salvation Army has activated all of its US and Canadian emergency disaster response assets, in an unprecedented response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
      • Donate online
      • Donate by phone: Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY
      • Donate by text: Just text the word STORM to 51555

  2. East Alabama Medical Center Relief Goods Collections
    In conjunction with their hospital partners in the impacted areas, East Alabama Medical Center will be collecting and transporting select items of greatest needs to relief sites. AuburnServes and Emerge at Auburn will be cooperating in a campus collection for EAMC.  At this time EAMC is determining its list of relief items, and organizing the collection process to begin shortly.
    An announcement will be sent campuswide as this collection begin. You are encouraged to check back on this website for up to date information as it is available.

Many other organizations, churches and agencies are developing projects for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma relief. The need is great, and the recovery will take many months, and years, after this disaster. But our desire to help is strong. Donate now through reputable relief agencies, and to volunteer through organized and qualified relief projects as they are announced.



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Last Updated: September 18, 2017