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 those in need of your support. We will continue to update the page with additional organizations operating in affected areas. 

Meetings Communication for Destinations

Please reference empowerMINT's resources on crisis management to communicate the most accurate information on the status of your destination to planners and attendees. 

The Florida Panhandle Affected by Hurricane Michael

  • Florida Disaster Fund : At Governor Scott's direction, Volunteer Florida has activated the Florida Disaster Fund, the State of Florida's official private fund established to assist Florida's communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities. To donate, visit,

North and South Carolina Residents Affected by Hurricane Florence

In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, officials are encouraging people to volunteer or donate if they can. Here is a guide from NPR on how to help. 

The World Central Kitchen was founded by chef José Andrés after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Using a food truck to deliver food to New Hanover, Columbus, Brunswick and Pender counties in North Carolina, the World Central Kitchen is in Wilmington is working with local chef Keith Rhodes. It is accepting monetary donations.

Other organizations where donations are being accepted include the American Red Cross and the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund.

California Affected by Wildfires and Mudslides. 

As wildfires raged across North and Central California, residents were displaced by the disasters. Click here to see the charities who are helping the victims. Earlier this year, California residents were faced with devastating mudslides. Click here to learn more about helping those affected. 

Ellicott City, Maryland Affected by Flooding

For the second time in just a few years, Ellicott City in Maryland has suffered excessive rainfall, leading to severe flash flooding that had destroyed much of the downtown business district. Visit Howard County is looking for donations and volunteers to help the city rebuild. See their ecstrong page for more details on how you can help.

Hawai'i Affected by Kilauea Volcano

Kilauea volcano has recently begun erupting larger amounts of lava than usual, threatening a small portion of the big island of Hawai'i. While the vast majority of the state is open and safe for travelers, many homes and businesses have been destroyed by the enslaught of the eruption. Here are some details on how this has impacted Hawai'i tourism as well as additional online resources.

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 Reief 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.