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August 24, 2016

After a 6.2-magniture earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, authorities are working to assist those affected by the natural disaster.

Italy’s civil protection department is continuing to deploy relief and rescuers, but there are ways that others in and outside of the country can help as well.

In Rome, blood donations are being taken at several locations:

In addition, the Rieti provincial chapter of the country’s blood donation charity, AVIS, is also calling for donations.

Several schools and stores in Rieti are also accepting nonperishable items including food, bottled water, powdered milk, medications, blankets, and clothing, which can be dropped off at several locations in the area.

The Italian Red Cross is also asking people to open up their Wi-Fi to ease communication in the affected areas for rescue workers.

For those outside of Italy, there are various emergency funds that have started accepting donations.

Italian daily newspaper La Stampa has opened a donation fund you can give to, which they aim to use to assist the schools, kindergartens, and public healthcare facilities in the affected areas.

Donations can also be made to the Italian Red Cross and ShelterBox, a company that creates emergency shelters and emergency boxes that include a disaster relief tent, thermal blankets, water storage and purification equipment, solar lamps, cooking tools, and children’s games.

Talia Avakian is a digital reporter for Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @TaliaAvak. 

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