Central Italy Earthquake: How to Help from Within & Outside Italy

By now, you’ve probably all seen the devastating images and videos of the magnitude 6.2 earthquake that struck central Italy in the early hours of August 24, 2016. Tremors were felt in Rome, hundreds of miles from the epicenter, but the real damage was in a few unassuming villages in Lazio, Le Marche, and Umbria, some of which have been reduced largely to rubble.

It’s heartbreaking.

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There’s a part of me that swells in frustration as I think of the high-tech buildings in Japan that have been engineered to withstand earthquakes of greater magnitude than the one that hit Italy a few days ago, wondering why Italy doesn’t have the same sort of dedication to earthquake protection since it’s also a highly seismic country. But, of course, this is Italy, so the answers to those questions are… Complicated.

Right now, most of me sits helpless, thousands of miles away, wondering what I can do.

I suspect many of you are feeling the same thing, so I’m going to collect information in this article about how to help the victims of the Amatrice earthquake. I’ll keep it updated as best I can, and please – if you hear of something that isn’t listed, do let me know by leaving a comment at the bottom of the article.

If any of you recall the L’Aquila earthquake of 2009, you’ll know that relief can take years – L’Aquila is still rebuilding in some places – so please stay tuned to Amatrice.

Also, if the name “Amatrice” sounds familiar, you may know it as the origin of a famous pasta dish – Pasta Amatriciana. (The town was preparing for the 50th annual festival celebrating the dish, which was to be held this weekend.) There are already Italian restaurants using the culinary connection to organize fundraising efforts – look for one near you (and, if you don’t see one, suggest it to a favorite Italian restaurant in your area).

Amatrice Earthquake Relief Within Italy

Amatrice Earthquake Relief From Outside Italy

  • Donate to the international organization of Red Cross/Red Crescent groups, which has set up a special fund just for this earthquake.
  • Global Giving collects donations from around the world and gets them to local groups working directly in the affected areas.
  • The Italian newspaper La Stampa has established a relief fund to which anyone can donate.
  • Save the Children is working with a location organization to make sure the children of Amatrice are safe. You can donate to their efforts.
  • The International Organization for Animal Protection focuses on rescuing animals in areas impacted by disasters, and they’re on the scene in Italy. You can donate to their efforts.
  • Italian American Relief has set up a special fund just for this earthquake. You can donate here.

Additional News & Updates on the Amatrice Earthquake

2 responses to “Central Italy Earthquake: How to Help from Within & Outside Italy”

  1. A tragedy… here’s another relief fund: – this is of the NIAF and they plan to earmark a specific project to help rebuild.

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