This is how you can help the victims of Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma approaches Anguilla (NOAA via AP)

Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic hurricane in history, is tearing through the Caribbean, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake. The storm is now heading towards Florida.

The storm destroyed nearly all buildings on the island of Barbuda on Wednesday, killing a two-year-old child as a family tried to escape, before wreaking havoc on the French territories of St Martin and St Barts, leaving at least seven dead.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the UK is “taking swift action to respond” to the disaster after speaking to the chief minister of Anguilla, a British overseas territory that was among the first islands to be hit.

A man surveys the wreckage on his property after the passing of Hurricane Irma, in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda. (AP Photo/Johnny Jno-Baptiste)

A massive operation is under way to evacuate people away from coastal areas on Haiti and the Dominican Republic, where aid workers are moving residents into temporary shelters before Irma hits.

These are charities helping victims in need of donations.

International relief

A number of international charities have launched emergency appeals to help victims in the Caribbean and America. A number already have volunteers on the ground.

American Red Cross  is working in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba and Florida.

Oxfam is on the ground in the Caribbean.

Convoy of Hope is working in the BVI and Haiti.

Unicef is working to help children affected by Hurricane Irma.

In the U.S.

The Salvation Army is on the ground in Florida to provide relief.

United Way Miami is helping victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in the Miami area.

Feeding Florida will be giving food to those in need, as will Feeding South Florida.

SPCA Florida is helping animals affected by Irma.

Volunteer

If you live near the area affected by Hurricane Irma, you can volunteer with the American Red Cross to help victims. Volunteers need to be able to commit to 10 hours a day for 10 days.

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