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.
— South Florida Red Cross (@SFLRedCross) June 24, 2021
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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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.
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
#MDFR continues to work tirelessly as search and rescue efforts are ongoing in the #SurfsideBuildingCollapse. All the resources we have available, including local assets from partner agencies are being brought in to assist. pic.twitter.com/fs20qcchZX
— Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (@MiamiDadeFire) June 25, 2021
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.
Following the partial building collapse near Miami Beach, FL, the WCK team is still serving nourishing meals to the community. Our partner Soul Town BBQ is onsite with fresh plates for crews working hard and residents & tourists who have been displaced—and we’ll be back tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/nU8u0oj2sQ
— World Central Kitchen (@WCKitchen) June 25, 2021
Helpline services for immediate emotional support:Disaster Distress Helpline – 800-985-5990
Florida 211 Network – 211
Crisis Text Line – Text HELLO to 741741