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How ACP members can support recent disaster recovery and aid efforts

In the wake of recent devastation from fires, hurricanes and the Mexican earthquake, ACP is communicating with our members and regional chapter leadership in the affected areas and will provide any support and resources we can during this difficult time.

Here are resources for ACP members looking for more information or to help those affected by the tragedy:

California wildfires

- Physicians who need or can provide support in Northern California should reach out to the California Medical Association Foundation. Wildfire victim relief donations are also being accepted by the CMAF.

Puerto Rico recovery efforts

- United for Puerto Rico is an initiative spearheaded by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, and the private sector. The goal is to raise awareness of the most pressing needs in PR and specifics on what they need and how to help. For more info see Unitedforpuertorico.com.

- Organizations with efforts specifically targeting aid to Puerto Rico include Unicef; the Center for Popular Democracy; the Hispanic Federation; the nonprofit group El Concilio; and Global Giving.

- To get involved as a volunteer, see the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster's site dedicated to Hurricane Irma and Maria efforts in Puerto Rico.

- FEMA provides some resources and guidance for those affected by Maria, including how to contact people in the affected zone.

General donations

- All five living former U.S. Presidents have joined together to encourage fellow citizens to support recovery efforts following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. For details and to donate visit One America Appeal.

- Donations to help families across the Caribbean can be made via the Catholic Relief Services and All Hands Volunteers.

- Donations to aid victims of the Mexican earthquake or hurricanes Maria, Irma or Harvey can be directed specifically to your choice via the humanitarian relief effort Direct Relief.

Earthquake-specific relief efforts

- Donate directly to the Mexican Red Cross (note: Spanish-language only). For an English-language path to donate to Red Cross efforts in Mexico, visit Amazon's Red Cross Mexican Earthquake page.

- Amazon is also assisting with donations of specific urgent items requested by the Mexican Red Cross. Spanish-language readers can view needed items and purchase through Amazon Mexico; purchased items benefit all cities and states affected by the earthquake.

- Send money directly through PayPal to Topos Tlaltelolco A.C., a professional Mexican non-profit rescue team: Log in to PayPal, click "Send Money" and enter the organization's email address: donativos@brigada-rescate-topos.org

- The Crowdfunding charity Global Giving vets all organizations that it works with and attests that all of its Mexican-directed donations will go to working with local partners for recovery and relief efforts in Mexico.

- For more info on relief organizations working in Mexico, visit the Charity Navigator.

Hurricane Harvey

- Physicians and friends of medicine can donate to help the Texas Medical Association and the TMA Foundation reestablish patient care in the disaster zone.

- GoFundMe has put together a curated list of group and individually targeted Harvey relief efforts.

- Text to help Hurricane Harvey victims by texting HARVEY to 90999 to give $10 to the Red Cross (or by visiting RedCross.org to give any other amount).

In addition, organizations collecting donations for general disaster relief efforts include the United Way, Salvation Army, Save the Children, Global Giving, Heart to Heart, NOVAD and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.

More volunteering resources

- Volunteers can sign up to help in any of the affected areas via the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

Other

- If you are a physician treating a displaced patient(s) from the Houston area, the Texas Medical Society has guidance on accessing electronic medical records for patients from the region.

- CMS is working to maintain access of care in states and territories recently affected by hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey. CMS is exercising allowable flexibilities and waivers as needed to accommodate the needs of those impacted by recent emergencies or disaster. For more details on all of CMS' efforts, see CMS' emergency page.

- The Texas Medical Association has issued advice for medical professionals looking for or to help in the wake of Harvey. More details available at the TMA's website. The TMA is also helping Texas physicians whose practice was affected by Harvey and is in a federally declared disaster county; see the TMA's info on the TMA Disaster Relief Program.

- As a resource to clinicians treating patients in the Gulf area, relevant Annals of Internal Medicine content can be accessed for free at http://annals.org/aim/pages/eai