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How to help Superstorm Sandy victims

CREATED Oct 30, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct 30, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - Do you want to help those affected by Superstorm Sandy?  There are a number of ways that you can.

What kind of help is needed at this time?

When a big storm or disaster hits an area, we hear from a lot of people who want to offer all kinds of support.

Initially, the best way to help is to make a monetary donation to non-profit organizations like the Red Cross or Salvation Army.

These organizations are experienced in helping people during major disasters, but it costs a lot to do so.

Click here to donate to the Red Cross, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word "REDCROSS" to 90999 to have a $10 donation posted to your cell phone bill.

Click here to donate to the Salvation Army, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or text the word "STORM" to 80888 to have a $10 donation posted to your cell phone bill.

Some of the expenses include transportation costs to get supplies and resources in place, as well as food and shelter for victims of the storm.

What is the fastest way for people to do this?

Although you can send a check, some of the fastest ways to help are by texting a $10 donation that will then be added to your cell phone bill or making a donation online via your credit or debit card.

Is there anything that people need to watch out for when making a donation to a disaster relief effort?

Although there will be a lot of good intentions from people trying to raise money for those in need, there will also be some scam artists who will try to take advantage of this situation.

Before you respond to a phone call, e-mail, or other solicitation, make sure to pay attention and check things out.

Scam artists have been known to create look a like websites, or use misleading messages to trick people into donating to bogus efforts.