How to Help Chile's Earthquake Victims

A massive earthquake struck off the coast of Chile on Saturday, causing at least 700 deaths in the coastal South American nation and prompting a tsunami warning for 53 countries along the Pacific Rim.

Click HERE to read a full report of the disaster.

At least 500,000 homes are believed to have been damaged or destroyed, and millions of people are homeless, even as dozens of strong earthquake aftershocks continued to sweep the country.

Here is a list of organizations that are conducting relief efforts for the earthquake-stricken nation:

U.S. Department of State

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is scheduled to visit Chile on Tuesday.

"The United States stands ready to provide necessary assistance to Chile in the days and weeks ahead and is coordinating closely with senior Chilean officials on the content and timing of such support," she said. "Our embassy in Santiago has established a command center and is working to ensure the safety of any affected American citizens."

There are an estimated 18,000 American citizens living in Chile. To get or give information about American citizens in Chile, call the State Department in Washington, D.C., at 1-888-407-4747.

The department has advised against non-essential or tourist travel to Chile.

Click HERE to get the latest information from the U.S. Embassy in Chile.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has donated $205,000 from its emergency support funds to support the Chilean Red Cross' relief operation.

Teams from the international organization have been deployed to Chile.

To learn more, or to donate to the organization, click HERE.

AmeriCares

AmeriCares also is mobilizing its response teams, along with any medicines, medical supplies and other humanitarian aid that the victims will need.

Click HERE for more information, or to donate to the effort.

Oxfam

Oxfam is sending a five-member emergency response team -- including a water engineer -- to Chile to assess the damage and needs.

The team is expected to arrive in the country Monday.

"The team flying in has years of experience in responding to earthquakes," Frank Boeren, deputy director of Oxfam America's South America office, said Sunday in a statement. "Chile is a developed country with a very capable government and while it is unlikely that this disaster will be as severe as what we saw last month in Haiti, we want to be in place to help if we are needed."

To donate, or for more information on Oxfam's efforts, click HERE.

To call in to charge your donation dial 800-77-OXFAM (800-776-9326), or mail a check, payable to "Oxfam America," to:

Oxfam America 226 Causeway Street, 5th Floor Boston, MA 02114

Save the Children

The Westport, Conn.-based organization announced Saturday it had a team en route to Chile.

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