2 hurricanes, 2 weeks ... will there be any help left for Florida?
As rescue workers and residents in the Gulf Coast deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, another storm brewing in the Atlantic could potentially make its way to the U.S.
But with so many resources tied up in Texas and Louisiana, can the U.S. handle another disaster?
On Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Irma is expected to hit the northwestern Leeward islands as an "extremely dangerous category 5 hurricane," that will bring life-threatening winds, storm surges and heavy rainfall.
The storm is also expected to slam the U.S. and British Virgin Islands with similar intensity Wednesday, and make its way to the Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas, Cuba and Hispaniola later this week.
The National Hurricane Center reported that there is an increasing chance of Hurricane Irma making landfall in the Florida Keys and Florida Peninsula toward the end of the week but cautioned that it is still too early to determine the direct impact the storm could have on the U.S.
They are, however, warning residents in hurricane-prone areas to monitor Irma's progress and to have an emergency plan in place.
If Irma does make it to the U.S. with significant strength behind it, how equipped will the country be to respond?
Fairly well, it appears, since the National Guard has only had to deploy additional units from California, Alaska, Florida, Kentucky, New York and Oregon to assist the Texas and Louisiana National Guard in Harvey relief efforts.
Lt. Col. Greg Heilshorn, Director of Public Affairs for the N.H. National Guard, told NH1 News that the N.H. National Guard would not be mobilizing to head to Texas or Louisiana.
The Red Cross, despite being one of the major relief sources in Harvey with over $50 million being spent according to NPR, also would be poised to aid in the event of another powerful storm damaging parts of the U.S., as is evidenced by their $985.6 million in net assets in 2016.
Donations have historically increased around the time of a natural disaster, but one factor that could negatively affect donations received is donor fatigue because Irma would strike right after Harvey.
Donor fatigue has already been a concern of rescue workers in the Gulf and in Southeast Asia after a historic flood hit parts of Bangladesh, India and Nepal, killing more than 1,000 people and affecting 24 million, according to NPR.
Officials said with so many disasters happening at once, it can be hard to draw attention to and donations for all of them. However, donor fatigue tends to affect international crises more than domestic ones because of proximity, but Jono Anzalone, vice president of international services at the American Red Cross, told NPR that no life is more important than another and all affected by disasters deserve help.
While U.S. relief efforts seem to be in a better position to respond to two natural disasters within weeks of each other than some in other countries, it is still important for Americans to continue their support, even when the media stops talking about disastrous events.