Jun 24, 2021; Miami, FL, USA; EMT responders carry donations toward the town???s community center to help people affected by the collapse of a building in Surfside, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY NETWORK

How to help victims and families of Surfside building collapse

Rescue workers are digging through rubble and debris looking for signs of life after Thursday morning’s building collapse in the town of Surfside, just north of Miami, Florida. Around 1:30 a.m., an estimated 55 condominiums fell to the ground, most of them with residents asleep inside.

As families wait in agony for updates on missing loved ones, there are ways you can ensure they don’t face this situation alone. Organizations are on the ground to help.
Here is how you can support them — even from miles away.

SupportSurfside.org was set up as a hardship fund in partnership with the Coral Gables Community Foundation, the Key Biscayne Community Foundation, The Miami Foundation and Miami Heat.

The Miami Tragedy Central Emergency Fund was set up through The Chesed Fund by Shul of Bal Harbour. To donate online click here. To donate by phone, call (518)-323-0376 Campaign ID: 1569.

The American Red Cross is helping displaced residents find safe places. The group is also offering emotional and spiritual support to the survivors. To donate click here.

ATJC Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center is collecting donations for individuals and families impacted by the collapse. The organization is asking for urgent items including sheets, pillows, phone chargers, and snack food.


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Direct Relief has teamed up with the NBA’s Miami Heat to collect donations helping provide healthcare for survivors and equipment for first responders.

Nonprofit Marco Patriots in Southwest Florida provides relief nationwide in response to disasters in communities. Thursday, it shared a fundraiser post on its Facebook page with plans to use donations to provide relief to families affected by the building collapse in Surfside.

Greater Miami Jewish Federation is accepting donations to help provide spiritual support and crisis counseling.

Chabad Jewish Center of Southwest Florida is collecting donations to send to Surfside to provide relief.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is responding to the crisis. To report missing loved ones, call 305-614-1819. You can also file an online missing persons report. Residents who live within the partially collapsed tower are asked to fill out this wellness check form. For free bilingual emotional support, call 833-848-1762.

The Family Assistance Center moved on Friday afternoon to the Grand Beach Hotel at 9449 Collins Avenue, for individuals unable to locate relatives who live in Champlain Towers South. For the latest information and resources visit miamidade.gov/emergency 

World Central Kitchen is serving hot meals to the Surfside community to make sure displaced residents and rescue crews are fed as they face the unexpected.

Helpline services for immediate emotional support:Disaster Distress Helpline – 800-985-5990
Florida 211 Network – 211
Crisis Text Line – Text HELLO to 741741

Author: CNN
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