With recent disasters like the tornadoes and Super Typhoon Haiyan, it's a good time to give.

But what's needed most and how do you avoid getting scammed?

According to the American Red Cross, money can do the most good during times like these.

"We can multiply those dollars because the Red Cross has a lot of purchasing power and we can buy things in bulk that would help the Red Cross and other agencies" says Allen Brooks with the Abilene American Red Cross.

Unfortunately, disasters often bring out scammers too. To avoid sending your well-meaning donation to the wrong place, the Better Business Bureau says to stick with what you know.

And if you're not sure about a charity's credibility, take time to research it. Weather related disasters typically have a long-term need as people rebuild. That means a donation that's good today will be good tomorrow, next week, or next month.

President of the Abilene BBB, Steve Abel, says advises that you stay away from organizations with look-a-like names or those with the disaster's specific name in the title.

"A disaster like what was in the , so large and so massive that it really takes an organization with a lot of experience and wherewithal to get the relief where it needs to be" says Abel.

And try to donate by check or credit card. This will help you keep a better record than donating with cash.

If you'd like to donate to the American Red Cross, visit . Here, you can also specify which cause your donation goes to.

Donations can also be made in person to their office at .

To donate to Global Samaritan Resources, visit .