Hurricane Sally isn’t over yet, and there are already reports of the Frankenstorm leaving an estimated $50 billion in damages in its wake. How this will translate exactly at the ground level is still unclear; all that is certain is that every little bit helps in times like these.

For those who are looking for a way to pitch in, here are some ideas, culled with help from the good folks at Bon Appétit, Daily Candy, Time Out NY and Gothamist.


  • Red Cross (“Shifts are 12-hours and volunteers work over multiple days. Training will be afforded to those without experience.”)
  • New York Cares (especially if you’ve attended a New York Care orientation recently)

Donate non-perishables at your local food bank:

Donate money and/or emergency supplies:

Donate blood:

Help clean up:

Do you or anyone you know need guidance? Red Cross has a smartphone app that gives “up-to-date weather alerts, information on open Red Cross shelters, a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm and a one-touch ‘I’m Safe’ button that lets someone use social media outlets to let family and friends know they are okay.”

FEMA also has advice on how to cope after a hurricane.

Any other suggestions are welcome in the comment section.

[via Bon Appétit; Daily Candy; Gothamist; Time Out NY]