Natural Disaster Victims: How You Can Help

Unfortunatately destinations are faced with natural disasters throughout the year. Our community of members is here to help fellow destinations affected.

Please see below for a list of organizations that are looking for support. We will continue to update the page with additional organizations operating in affected areas. 

Fires in Australia

We have reached out to our friends in Australia to ask how to help. Here are some options that are official donation pages that will all make a difference.

  • The Australian Red Cross supports bushfire ravaged communities and sends teams in to help. You can donate here.
  • Social famester for the greater comic good, Celeste Barber, has set up a facebook page which is generating significant support here.

Alternatively, if you’d like to assist the native animals - millions have died from the current swathe of bushfires. There are numerous animal rescue organisations treating wildlife burned in the fires. 

  • The New South Wales Wildlife Information Rescue Education Service (WIRES) are a specifically trained volunteer service across the state to rescue wildlife in distress. You may donate here.
  • The South Coast of New South Wales desperately needs help with the wildlife that have been injured in the fires. You can help them here. 
  • Port Macquarie was particularly impacted in regional NSW: Port Macquarie Koala Hospital GoFundMe page or donate to Koalas in Care.
  • Kangaroo Island lost half their koala population in one fire. This is the place to go help them here. 


Wildfires in California

We are staying up-to-date with our members across California who are caught in the wildfires. For current information about California travel alerts, please check the Visit California website here. 


Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts

From the Islands of the Bahamas Website:

Hurricane Dorian has delivered a devastating blow to two of our major islands – Grand Bahama and Abaco. We are extremely saddened by the loss of life, homes destroyed and landscape damaged. The spirit and resolve of our people remain strong, and we will continue to help everyone impacted.

The Government and people of the Islands of The Bahamas appreciate the outpouring of concern and offers of generous support in the wake of the hurricane. The best way to support the relief and recovery effort is through a monetary contribution to one of the trusted partners here. 


Organizations That Take Donations During Natural Disasters:

Tourism Cares

Looking for ways to directly support the destinations and attractions that were most impacted by recent superstorms? Tourism Cares has multiple funds dedicated to accelerating the relief process by promoting the return of visitors, meetings, and jobs. Click here to learn more. 

PCMA Industry Relief Fund

PCMA and the PCMA Education Foundation are uniting members of the business-events industry to contribute to disaster recovery efforts with the PCMA Industry Relief Fund. The fund will provide assistance to members of our industry who have been impacted by recent disasters. 100% of the donations collected will be distributed to impacted areas. For more information and to donate, click here. 

World Central Kitchen

When disaster strikes, WCK’s Chef Relief Team steps out of the kitchen and on to the front lines to provide meals to those in need. We have responded to emergencies in Haiti, Peru, Houston, Puerto Rico, California, Hawaii, Indonesia, Guatemala, Mexico the Carolinas, Florida, Nebraska, Mozambique, Colombia, Venezuela and more. Learn more here.