The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided guidance about how to assist victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The most effective way to help hurricane-stricken victims, FEMA says, is to donate money to trusted voluntary-, faith- and community-based charitable organizations.

This FEMA bulletin shows you how to donate directly to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or to a National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) member organization.

Unsolicited donated goods are not recommended.

“It’s heartbreaking to see people’s homes and lives destroyed by these increasingly catastrophic storms, and this is a good resource to help you find a way to make a meaningful difference,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Information about volunteer opportunities also is provided in the FEMA bulletin.