A magnitude 7.8 earthquake has devastated parts of Nepal and triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest. Aftershocks of up to magnitude 6.7 continue to hamper rescue efforts, terrorize residents, and add to the death toll of an estimated 2,400 people.
In the aftermath of such a disaster, CERTs and other citizens want to help. But one must also be wary as unscrupulous individuals will take advantage of the situation to attempt to bilk people out of their charitable contributions.
Public Radio International has released a list of seven charities that they have vetted and judged to be worthy of contributions. There are undoubtedly more, but due diligence is suggested.
Cash is the only contribution that makes sense at this time. Beware of blanket and clothing drives which may feel good but often end up being prohibitively expensive to ship abroad, arrive far too late, and often end up in landfills or even in another country.