Turkey/Syrian Earthquake and Ways to Help
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southern Turkey, 50 miles from the Syrian border on February 6, 2023, killing thousands in both countries. Affected provinces in the south and southeast regions of Turkey need immediate food and basic aid items such as tents and blankets to support the injured and evacuated. Many of the hardest-hit communities in northwestern Syria, where people who had already been displaced due to an ongoing civil war conflict, are now facing catastrophic situations without shelter, food and basic necessities, as temperatures drop to below freezing.
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HOW YOU CAN HELP
Individuals, regardless of where they reside, can help those affected by the earthquake in Turkey/Syria. Listed below are resources to connect with to make a financial donation:
- Americares: To support medical relief efforts, go to https://www.americares.org/ and click on the ‘Help Now’ button on the top toolbar.
- International Rescue Committee (IRC): To assist families with emergency services that are affected by the disaster, donate by visiting https://www.rescue.org/.
- UNICEF USA: To support UNICEF’s efforts in Turkey/Syria to help unaccompanied children find their families, go to https://www.unicefusa.org/ and click on the red DONATE button.
To help individuals avoid scams and frauds after disasters, please note the following advice from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (CT DCP):
- Do your research: Before donating, use online resources like the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, Guidestar, Charity Navigator, and Charity Watch, which all provide information about non-profit organizations and charities.
- Be cautious of “look alike” websites: Websites will sometimes try and impersonate legitimate charities. Verify the URL in your browser before giving any money online. These fraudulent websites will often ask for personal financial information and may download harmful malware onto your computer. Don’t assume that charity recommendations on Facebook or other social media sites are legitimate.
- Ask questions: Ask how your donation will be used and ask the solicitor to be specific. If the answer is vague, be wary.
- Know who you are talking to: If you receive an email or text message asking for a donation, confirm that the request is from the charity, and not an imposter, by contacting the charity or visiting its website. A legitimate charity will always give you time to verify its identity and do your research.
- Don’t be pressured: Do not donate if the solicitor uses high-pressure tactics, asks for payment in cash, or insists on sending someone to pick up your donation.
- Avoid paying in an untraceable form of payment: Donate by check or credit card, not by wire transfer or cash.
- Never give out personal information: Never give out information such as your social security number or bank account numbers over the phone or internet, or to an untrusted source.
For more information or to file a complaint, contact the Department of Consumer Protection by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ct.gov/DCP/complaints.
SOURCES: American Red Cross, CT Department of Consumer Protection, Global Giving, Americares, International Rescue Committee (IRC), UNICEF USA, U.S. Department of State
PREPARED BY: 211/tb
CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: February2023