Four weeks after Hurricane Harvey hit, relief efforts continue across areas affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Thousands of people remain in shelters and need help to get back on their feet. Efforts will continue in the weeks, months and years ahead.

We are joining with our national partners LeadingAge, American Hospital Association (AHA), and many others, to encourage consideration of financial assistance and other support that would be used to directly assist health care employees and their families who have suffered significant loss.

LeadingAge has set up a Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund, where 100 percent of the donations will go directly to LeadingAge members in the affected areas and their employees to cover a range of needs including basic supplies, such as food and water, as well as recovery efforts.

The Texas Hospital Association has established the THA Hospital Employee Assistance Fund to help hospital employees who experienced significant property loss or damage because of Hurricane Harvey. All funds will be used to directly assist hospital employees in Federal Emergency Management Agency-designated disaster areas; administrative services are being provided in kind so that 100 percent of donated funds will be used to assist hospital employees.

Similarly, the Florida Hospital Association has established the FHA Hospital Employee Assistance Fund to support Florida hospital employees whose lives have been impacted by Hurricane Irma.

Please continue to be alert to fundraising scams, and do not click on any links in emails, text messages, Facebook pages or tweets. If you are interested in making a donation to help hurricane victims, go to a website of a reputable charity, such as those shared above.