How to help those affected by the Petrinja-Sisak earthquake (even if you don’t live in Croatia)

Petrinja Sisak earthquake in Croatia
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Croatia suffered its second major earthquake of 2020 around 12:00 on Tuesday, December 29. The earthquake and its aftershocks could be felt across the Balkans. The epicenter was in Petrinja, southeast of Zagreb. The areas of Petrinja and Sisak were hit the hardest with many buildings destroyed, numerous injuries and 7 deaths so far.

Those affected by this devastating earthquake need assistance from their community. Not only were people displaced and their homes destroyed, but hospitals were severely damaged as well.

In this post, we will list all the ways you can help those affected by the Petrinja-Sisak earthquake, regardless of whether you live in Croatia or you live abroad.

How to help if you wish to donate money


#1 Donate to the Croatian Red Cross

  • Donate to this bank account:

Bank: Privredna banka Zagreb d.d.
IBAN: HR6923400091511555516
Call number: 770
For payments from abroad – SWIFT CODE: PBZGHR2X

  • Make a bank payment by scanning the below QR code.

  • Contact the Croatian Red Cross directly about making a donation using this email: [email protected]
  • Donate using this form on their web site.

#2 Donate to Fund 5.5 for Crisis Support of the SOLIDARNA Foundation

Account for emergency and crisis actions: HR2424020061500078406
Purpose: SOLIDARNO S PETRINJOM & SMŽ
Reference number: 01-2021
SWIFT / BIC: ESBCHR22*
*SWIFT/BIC number is required for international payments.
SOLIDARNA zaklada za ljudska prava i solidarnost, Trg kralja P. Krešimira IV br. 2, 10000 Zagreb, OIB: 77689629939

  • Via KEKSPay app of Erste Bank by clicking this link or using the below QR code.

  • Make a donation using your Croatian mobile banking app by scanning the below QR code.


#3 Donate to the International Women’s Club of Zagreb for the earthquake

Make a payment to IWCZ in the name of the earthquake to:
IWCZ Bank account
PBZ BANK
IBAN: HR7823400091110445513.
Please quote Petrinja Earthquake in the payment remittance slip.
All money raised will be publicly announced and the list of items bought will be officially published in the IWCZ NL and on their web site.

#4 Donate to the Croatia Earthquake Relief Fund

This fund was started by a cooperation of 13 different Croatian and Croatian diaspora organizations. You can see the list of the organizations here. You can contribute to this fund here.

#5 Donate to the Rotary Club – District 1913 in Zagreb

  • Send a donation to:
District 1913
Praška 1, 10000 Zagreb
IBAN HR0623900011500149868
Description: Donation for earthquake victims
SWIFT: HPBZHR2X
Address: Hrvatska Postanska Banka
Jurisiceva 2, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
  • Send a donation using the below QR code

#6 Donate to the State budget of the Republic of Croatia

  • People from Croatia can make payments to:
Državni proračun Republike Hrvatske
IBAN: HR1210010051863000160
poziv na broj odobrenja: HR685444 – OIB
  • People outside Croatia can make payments to:
Hrvatska narodna banka (Croatian National Bank)
Trg hrvatskih velikana 3, 10 000 Zagreb
BIC (SWIFT) CODE BANKE: NBHRHR2XXXX
Beneficiary name and address:
Ministry of Finance, Katančićeva 5, 10 000 Zagreb
Bank account/IBAN: HR1210010051863000160
Remittance info-remarks: Earthquakes aid

#7 Donate to the Chef kuha doma for warm meals

Chef kuha doma is collecting donations for warm meals for the people in Petrinja. They need need help with groceries.
Donations can be paid to IBAN HR0825030071110003852.

#8 Donate over the phone

To donate over the phone, call +385 60 9011


#9 Donate to the Hrvatska poštanska banka

Hrvatska poštanska banka has opened an account to collect money for Petrinja.
  • Donations from Croatia can be paid to:

IBAN HR28 23900011500198069
Poziv na broj: HR68 PNB 7765-OIB

  • Donations from outside Croatia:
Use above payment information in combination with this SWIFT code: HPBZHR2X

#10 Donate to Hrvatska udruga poslodavaca

Hrvatska udruga poslodavaca has open account for collecting money for Petrinja, Sisak and other municipalities.

Donations can be paid to:

Hrvatska udruga poslodavaca
Radnička cesta 52, Zagreb
Privredna banka Zagreb, Radnička cesta 50, Zagreb
IBAN: HR7123400091510359955
Poziv na broj: OIB tvrtke
Description: donacija HUP potres

#11 Donate to UNICEF

UNICEF is collecting donations for the earthquake victims.

  • Send a donation to:
HR1723600001501092524
poziv na broj 2068-98
For payments outside Croatia use SWIFT: ZABAHR2X
  • Send a donation using the below QR code:

#12 Donate to help build a house for one family

This initiative was started by Andrea of Croatia Honestly to build a house for the Salamun family who live in Strašnik. You can learn more as well as donate through GoFundMe here.


#12 Donate to Hrvatski Caritas

Hrvatski Caritas is collecting donations for the victims of the earthquake.

Donations can be paid to:

Hrvatski Caritas
Ksaverska cesta 12a, Zagreb
Privredna banka Zagreb
IBAN: HR0523400091100080340
Poziv na broj: 12-20
For payments from abroad use SWIFT/BIC: PBZGHR2X

#13 Donate to the City of Sisak

The city of Sisak which was hit by the earthquake has opened a special account for collecting donations.

Donations can be paid to:

Grad Sisak
OTP Bank
IBAN: HR9724070001500013097
Model: HR68
Poziv na broj: 7706-OIB

#14 Donate to the City of Petrinja

A special account for collecting donations to The city of Petrinja which was hit by the earthquake has been opened.

Donations can be paid to:

Hrvatska poštanska banka
IBAN: HR28 23900011500198069
Poziv na broj: HR68 PNB 7765-OIB
For payments from abroad use SWIFT HPBZHR2X

#15 Donate to Crveni križ Petrinja

City organization of the Crveni križ Petrinja has opened a special account for collecting donations to The city of Petrinja.

Donations can be paid to:

Privredna banka Zagreb d.d.
IBAN: HR4323400091110024387
For payments from abroad use SWIFT CODE PBZGHR2X

#16 Donate to the City of Glina

Only 10% of buildings were left standing in Glina. A special account for collecting donations to the city of Glina has been opened.

Donations can be paid to:

Hrvatska poštanska banka
IBAN: HR8723900011500198462
Model: HR68
Poziv na broj: 7765 – OIB
For payments from abroad use SWIFT HPBZHR2X

#17 Crowdfunding campaign “Pomozimo sisačkoj bolnici”

A crowdfunding campaign “Pomozimo sisačkoj bolnici” is launched to collect money for the hospital “Dr. Ivo Pedišić” affected by the earthquake. The aim of the campaign is to collect 1.000.000 kuna in a period of 30 days.

The crowdfunding campaign is available here. Additional information is available here.


How to help if you live anywhere in Croatia


#1 Offer accommodation

If you want to offer accommodation to earthquake victims who were left without a roof over their head, send an email to: [email protected] with information about the location and accommodation capacity!


#2 Volunteer with the Croatian Red Cross

All volunteers who are ready to help earthquake-affected areas can apply by e-mail: [email protected] with basic information and contact information.

You can also contact your local office directly to see how you can help. Find your local office by going to this page then scrolling down to the right until you see the below module. Select your county.

The list of recommended food, hygiene, and personal protection packages is available here.


#3 Donate supplies

Dubrovnik

Gradsko društvo Crvenog križa Dubrovnik is collecting donations in Sports hall in Gospino polje every day from 10:00 to 18:00.

Recommended food and other products for donation are available here.


Kaštela

Gradsko društvo Crvenog križa Kaštela in Kaštel Sućurac is collecting donations every day from 8:00 to 15:00 at Braće Radić 1a, except for the New Year.

Hvidra Kaštela, Put groblja 10a, Kaštel Novi is collecting donations on Wednesday from 9:00 to 18:00, Thursday from 9:00 to 15:00, and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 18:00.

Udruga Sveti Jeronim, Branimirova 23, Kaštel Gomilica is collecting donations from 8:00 to 12:00.

Župa Kaštel Novi, Obala kralja Tomislava is collecting donations from 8:00 to 20:00.

Recommended food products for donation:

  1. Flour
  2. Oil
  3. Rice
  4. Sugar
  5. Salt
  6. Pasta
  7. Soup in the bag
  8. Fish and meat cans
  9. Jams
  10. Chocolate jams
  11. Tost
  12. Dried fruits
  13. Nuts
  14. Water

Other recommended products for donation:

  1. Soap
  2. Shampoo
  3. Pasta and toothbrushes
  4. Napkins
  5. Toilet paper
  6. Diapers
  7. Ear sticks
  8. Masks
  9. Protective suits
  10. Gloves
  11. Alcohol-based sanitizer
  12. Alcohol-based wipes
  13. Blankets

Rijeka

Riječka građanska inicijativa – Pomozimo is collecting aid for Petrinja, Sisak and other areas affected by the earthquake on Wednesday from 14:00 to 19:00 on Kastav, Šporova jama 2.

Recommended products for donation:

  1. Diapers
  2. Food for children
  3. Blankets for children
  4. Fruits
  5. Durable dairy and other products

KN Armada Rijeka is collecting aid in KNA, Slaviše Vajnera Čiče 5b on Wednesday from 17:00 to 21:00.

Recommended products for donation:

  1. Warm jackets
  2. Blankets,
  3. Clothes,
  4. Canned food
  5. Water
  6. Hygiene supplies

Red Cross Opatija is collecting warm blankets and jackets from 7:00 to 16:00 at CK, Joakima Rakovca 15, Opatija. 

Donations of all kinds are also collected in the garage of Plodine at Srdoči from 17:00.

Forum mladih SDP – Rijeka is collecting donations on Wednesday from 13:00 at Beli Kamik 5, Rijeka.

Recommended products for donation:

  1. Blankets
  2. Diapers
  3. Durable and baby food
  4. Water
  5. Hygiene supplies
  6. Socks
  7. Gloves 

Domovinski pokret PGŽ is collecting donations at Trg Republike Hrvatske 2, Rijeka (+385 (0)99 292 4707) and Ivana Gorana Kovačića 52, Vrbovsko (contact +385 (0)98 326 545).

Recommended products for donation:

  1. Blankets
  2. Water
  3. Durable food

Kostrena municipality, Stožer civilne zaštite Kostrena, Savjet mladih Općine Kostrena i UDVDR Kostrena are collecting donations at the north entrance of the Sportska dvorana Kostrena on Wednesday (from 9:00 to 19:00) and Thursday (from 9:00 to 12:00). 

Recommended products for donation:

  1. Canned and durable food
  2. Water
  3. Hygiene supplies
  4. Diapers
  5. Baby food
  6. Blankets
  7. Warm clothes and footwear
  8. Sleeping bags and tents

Gradsko društvo Crveni Križ Rijeka, Crveni križ Kastav, and Grad Kastav are collecting donations from 10:00 to 18:00 at the parking of the sports hall “Matija Katalinić”.

Recommended products for donation:

  1. Pasta
  2. Rice
  3. Oil
  4. Flour
  5. Sugar
  6. Soup in a bag
  7. Meat and fish cans
  8. Jam
  9. Salt

In the premises of Primorski Hrvat, Trsat, Vrilje 5, Rijeka, donations are collected on Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 to 18:00.

Recommended products for donation:

  1. Durable food
  2. Blankets
  3. Diapers
  4. Hygiene supplies

Klub mladih Rijeka is collecting humanitarian aid in front of the Klub mladih Rijeka, in the premises of DSR Primorje, Željeznički prolaz 2D, Rijeka every day from 10:00 to 19:00.


Split

The City Society of the Red Cross Split will collect aid for Petrinja, Sisak and other areas affected by the earthquake every day from Wednesday, from 9:00 to 19:00 in the basement of the Spaladium Arena (entrance from the parking lot).

Recommended food products for donation:

  1. Canned food that does not require additional heat treatment
  2. Flour type 550 smooth 1kg
  3. Vegetable or sunflower oil 1lit
  4. Rice 1kg
  5. Sugar 1kg
  6. Kitchen salt small 1kg
  7. Pasta or spaghetti
  8. Soup packets
  9. Canned Fish
  10. Canned Meat
  11. Sweet spread Marmalade, chocolate, etc.
  12. Milk Permanently 1lit
  13. Bread Rusks, Toast, etc.
  14. Water Packs 0.5, 1, 1.5, 5 lit
  15. Fruits Dried fruits
  16. Nuts Walnut, almond, hazelnut, etc.
  17. Pet food

Recommended hygiene supplies for donation:

  1. Hand soap
  2. Hair Shampoo
  3. Toothpaste
  4. Toothbrush
  5. Disposable Shaver
  6. Dry Wipes
  7. Wet wipes
  8. Toilet Paper In Rolls
  9. Sanitary pads
  10. Children’s ear cleaning sticks

Personal protective equipment for donation:

  1. Medical mask
  2. Protective suit
  3. Gloves
  4. Glasses or eye protection
  5. Apron
  6. Alcohol hand sanitizer (antiseptic, antibacterial)
  7. Alcohol-based wipes
  8. Space disinfectant
  9. Raincoats

Zagreb

Drop off aid to the International Women’s Club of Zagreb office on Wednesday, December 30. Their office is located at Sheraton Hotel, Ul. Kneza Borne 2, Room 696. They need:

  1. Blankets
  2. Water
  3. Tinned/ Canned Food
  4. Dry food

Facebook groups offering assistance


#1 Dubrovnik

Here are Facebook groups nearby Dubrovnik:

  1. Dubrovnik za Petrinju i Sisak

#2 Rijeka

Here are Facebook groups nearby Rijeka:

  1. RIJEKA POMAZE PETRINJI !!
  2. RIJEKA ZA POMOĆ UZROKOVANU POTRESOM

#3 Split

Here are Facebook groups nearby Split:

  1. Pomoć Petrinji Splitsko dalmatinska županija

#4 All across Croatia

Here are general Facebook groups:

  1. POMOC GLINI, PETRINJI, SISKU i okolnim mjestima
  2. Geekovi za Petrinju i Sisak
  3. Pomoć Petrinji i Sisku
  4. HRVATI U BAVARSKOJ – Pomoć Petrinji, Sisku, Glini i okolnim mjestima
  5. Pomoć ljudima u Sisku i Petrinji
  6. Smještaj i ostala pomoć za ugrožene potresom u Petrinji i Sisku

Donations and accommodations for pets


#1 Split

Klub sportskih pasa Split and Pet shop gold are collecting food for pets on Thursday until 14 h at Mažuraniževo šet. 9A. They offer 15% discount on food products to donors.

#2 Pet donations and accommodation

This next section is a group of people who are organizing pet donations and accommodation of pets. We first list what they are organizing, then contact information if you are interested in helping. Contact them directly to help.

  • Going to affected area/collecting food/necessities, taking in cats and dogs

Contact:

https://www.facebook.com/mJaukUnevolji
https://www.facebook.com/marijeta.vulic
Paypal: [email protected]

  • Collecting food/necessities, taking in cats:

Contact:

https://www.facebook.com/hrabrenjuske
https://www.facebook.com/tina.grasic.35
Paypal: [email protected]

  • Collecting food/necessities, taking in cats, hens and ducks:

Contact:

https://www.facebook.com/Udruga-Skloni%C5%A1te-dobrote-490627307635278
https://www.facebook.com/damira.marusic
https://www.facebook.com/barbara.jagec
https://www.facebook.com/mart.ucha.75
Paypal: [email protected]

  • Going there/collecting food/necessities, taking in dogs:

Contact:

https://www.facebook.com/AzilPrijateljiCakovecCroatia
https://www.facebook.com/aleksandra.hampamer
Paypal: [email protected]

  • Going there/collecting food/necessities, taking in dogs:

Contact:

https://www.facebook.com/Rina.udruga
https://www.facebook.com/njegova.crnka
Paypal: [email protected]


If there are additional ways people can help that are not on this list, please post them in the comments and we will update this post accordingly. We will keep adding new methods of helping to this post as we find them.


SOURCES:

http://www.crvenikriz-split.com/pomoc-za-petrinju-i-sisak/
https://zagrebpotres.com/urgent-donor-drive-of-solidarna-foundation-and-fund-5-5-in-solidarity-with-petrinja-and-sisak-moslavina-county/
https://www.hck.hr/novosti/how-to-help-for-english-speakers/10652
https://www.facebook.com/groups/41415719768/permalink/10159485974099769/
https://www.facebook.com/RotaryDistrict1913Croatia/photos/a.622942411067511/4157443840950666/
https://www.fiuman.hr/brojni-rijecani-organiziraju-se-kako-bi-pomogli-petrinji-evo-kako-se-mozete-ukljuciti/
http://www.kastela.org/novosti/aktualnosti/51126-popis-lokacija-ovdje-mozete-dostaviti-svoje-donacije-za-potresom-pogodeno-podrucje
https://www.telegram.hr/politika-kriminal/petrinja-i-okolica-se-muce-kakvo-je-stanje-na-terenu-kako-pomoci-sto-je-najpotrebnije-evo-informacija/
https://www.lider.media/poslovna-scena/hrvatska/evo-gdje-i-kako-mozete-pomoci-stradalima-u-potresu-u-petrinji-sisku-i-okolici-134741
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https://www.poslovni.hr/hrvatska/objavljen-popis-organizacija-i-institucija-kojima-na-siguran-nacin-mozete-donirati-4265946
https://www.jutarnji.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/pokrenuta-crowdfunding-kampanja-za-pomoc-sisackoj-bolnici-molimo-sve-da-se-ukljuce-15022571

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7 thoughts on “How to help those affected by the Petrinja-Sisak earthquake (even if you don’t live in Croatia)

  1. Anna
    January 2, 2021 @ 5:57 pm

    Thanks so much Sara for letting us know all the different ways we can give and help. What a tragedy. Our hearts and prayers are with all in Croatia.

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    • Expat in Croatia
      January 3, 2021 @ 12:34 pm

      Hi Anna,

      Thank you for your prayers! It is a terrible tragedy, but thankfully the Croatian community is very strong and caring. 🙂

      Regards,

      Sara

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  2. nea
    January 3, 2021 @ 5:56 pm

    Thank you a lot for making easier to donate. I shall share your list.

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    • Expat in Croatia
      January 4, 2021 @ 11:26 am

      Hi Nea,

      I’m happy to help! We all need to pitch in to help our community. Thank you for sharing this list!

      Cheers,

      Sara

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  3. nea
    January 3, 2021 @ 5:57 pm

    No. 4 is perfect for those who do not live in Croatia.

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  4. Robbie Steenkamp
    March 2, 2021 @ 10:56 pm

    Hi Sara, hope you are well
    We are a group of South Africans who can help with Lay counselling especially in the the field of trauma. It’s been a while after the eartquakes now, but trauma affects take a while to truly overcome. Is there a specific place that we can help that you know of that needs help, or would you recommend just going to the red cross?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      March 11, 2021 @ 2:26 pm

      Hi Robbie,

      Thanks for reaching out and wanting to contribute! Yes, the best place to go would be the Red Cross.

      Regards,

      Sara

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