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Emergency Preparedness2017-09-08T19:13:05+00:00

Hurricane Relief Organizations for Donations

With Hurricane Harvey fresh in our minds and Hurricane Irma threatening, caring folks are reaching for their wallets to help storm victims in need.  The San Diego East County Chamber has done the research to form a list of trustworthy and reliable charities to help hurricane victims.  If you would like more info you can go where we went for information at Charity Navigator to see unbiased rankings for different groups.

We are sharing this list of select, highly-rated Members and Non-profit organizations that the Chamber has vetted and who are truly helping hurricane victims.  We want to be sure your donations are getting to the people who need your help for hurricane relief most and to ensure your funds will not go to overhead costs or be redirected to other undisclosed causes.

Here are the charities and volunteer groups we recommend donating to:

All Hands Volunteers (Highly rated 4 star charity by Charity Navigator helping hurricane victims, you can even volunteer personally through this charity)

Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air : (Local Member, Providing Trucks and Hauling Donated Items)

Best Friends Animal Society (3 stars, Supports pets providing food, shelter and support for hurricane victims)

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston (4 star charity, For the kids hurricane relief)

Child Foundation (4 star highly-rated charity supporting children hurricane victims)

Convoy of Hope (Another highly rated 4 star charity that directly supports hurricane victims)

Church Unlimited in Corpus Christi : (Currently functioning as one of the major distribution centers of the coastal area affected by Hurricane Harvey. 100% of proceeds go to relief efforts.)

East County Salvation Army (Not-rated, Salvation Army relief efforts in hurricane zones)

Episcopal Relief & Development (4 stars, Highly rated charity who is responsible with donations going to hurricane victims)

Food Bank of Corpus Christi : (3-stars, $1 pays for 7 meals; they need resources for their community long term.)

Georgia Baptist Mission Board (Highly rated charity to help hurricane victims)

Habitat for Horses (4 star rating, Helping to feed and house horses displaced by Hurricane Harvey)

Harvey’s Heroes via San Antonio Humane Society : (an emergency fund created to off-set expenses to shelter pets of evacuees and strays due to Hurricane Harvey)

Houston Humane Society : (3 stars but direct aid with a list of immediate needs for animal rescue and care for Hurricane Harvey)

Houston SPCA : (4 starts with a list of their immediate needs for animal rescue and care)

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund (established by the mayor of Houston to provide tax-deductible relief support to flood victims of Harvey)

L.G.B.T.Q. Disaster Relief Fund (100% of funds go to help hurricane victims and highly rated charity)

McCarthy Transfer and Storage, Inc.  : (Local Member, hauling donated items to hurricane victims)

Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies : (Providing relief to people with disabilities in the wake of Hurricane Harvey)

San Antonio Humane Society :  (3 stars with a list of immediate needs for animal rescue and care)

Texas Diaper Bank (a group aiming to get diapers to evacuating families)

United Way of Greater Houston : (4 star and 100% of donation goes to relief efforts, and you can choose which part of Houston you want your donation to affect most.)

Useful Links for Disaster Preparedness

211 San Diego Resources

American Red Cross

Crisis House

East County Salvation Army

East County Transitional Living Center for Homeless

San Diego County Road Closures and Traffic Controls

San Diego County Earthquake Preparedness

San Diego County CERT

SDG&E Power Outages

Volunteer San Diego

Law Enforcement

San Diego County Sheriff

El Cajon Police

La Mesa Police

San Diego Police

San Diego FBI

Fire Departments

Heartland Fire & Rescue

Santee Fire

San Diego County Fire Authority

Honoring our First Responders

The Business Community of San Diego East County honors our First Responders including Police, Fire and Military through offering a host of special discounts.

See a list of Discounts for our First Responders and their families here (peace-officers-discounts), from the San Diego Business Community.

Video Produced Courtesy of M2 Digital Post

San Diego East County Homeless Task Force

The Chamber believes that by working together collaboratively, we can make a difference in a positive way regarding homelessness.  If you know a homeless veteran we can help get them into housing within 24 hours.  We are also working with our Faith Community, Cities, County, Law Enforcement, Education, Homeless Service Providers and with Businesses to combat homelessness and help to get people off of our streets and back on a pathway to a better life.

We have established a new San Diego East County Homeless Task Force for the Region to coordinate an action plan to reduce homelessness and crime in the region.  For more information contact the Chamber at
619-440-6161 or email us at


Thank you for your Service and for keeping our communities safe and secure every day!