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Volunteers sort through donated clothing at a shelter in the George R. Brown Convention Center during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on August 28 in Houston, Texas. Brendan Smialowsk/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Evacuees fill up cots Monday at the George Brown Convention Center in Houston, which has been turned into a shelter run by the American Red Cross to house victims of the high water from Hurricane Harvey. Experts say it's best to donate money, not items or services, to trusted charitable organizations after a disaster — and to keep long-term needs in mind. Erich Schlegel/Getty Images hide caption

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People walk through floodwaters on Telephone Road in Houston on Sunday after 2 feet of rain from Hurricane Harvey pummeled the Gulf Coast. Thomas B. Shea/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A small memorial marks the former homestead of the Nicely family, who died in the June flooding of White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. Kara Lofton/West Virginia Public Broadcasting hide caption

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Emotional Healing After A Flood Can Take Just As Long As Rebuilding

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Swing States Get More Disaster Declarations — Especially Before Elections

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Members of Task Force 2 from the Los Angeles County Fire Department recovered survivors from a building that collapsed in May after a major aftershock in Singati, a mountain village in Nepal. Kashish Das/AP hide caption

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From California To Kathmandu, Task Force 2 Responds To Disasters

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Kelly O'Keefe is usually volunteering to help others. Now she's accepting help from strangers after her home was destroyed by floods. "It's really difficult to be the one with my hand out," she says. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Wimberley Residents Leery Of River Weeks After Devastating Floods

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Amrit Shrestha (left) looks through the rubble of his home in Nepal's Sindupalchowk district. Some 2,600 people were killed in the rural district, a third of the entire death toll in Nepal's devastating earthquake. Russell Lewis/NPR hide caption

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Nepali Village Struggles To Recover From Earthquake

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Hospital staff members work at the reception area of a hospital in Kathmandu. Some 14,000 were injured in Nepal's earthquake. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Nepal's Medical Worries: Crowded Hospitals, Open Wounds

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A grandmother and her grandson sit on the belongings that they have salvaged from their collapsed homes on April 29, 2015 in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Omar Havana/Getty Images hide caption

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Show Us The Aid: Anger In An Ancient Nepali Town

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Amar Baramu carried his 70-year-old mother on his back for five hours, then rode with her on a bus for 12 more, to get her to a hospital for the head wound she suffered during the earthquake. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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He Carried His Mom On His Back For 5 Hours En Route To Medical Care

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Monks and aid workers walk to the arrival terminal at Kathmandu's international airport. The plane was unable to secure an arrival gate when it landed on Wednesday. Taylor Weidman/LightRocket/Getty Images hide caption

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With Only One Runway, Kathmandu's Airport Hinders Earthquake Relief

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