In the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal on April 25, Assistant Professor of Government Laura Seay was one of many experts to urge the public to learn from relief efforts of other major disasters, including Haiti’s 2010 earthquake.

Seay (@texasinafrica) tweeted, “Ways to NOT help #NepalEarthquake: Give to new charities that suddenly pop up (often scams), collect stuff to send, try to go yourself.”

“After the Haiti earthquake, donations from well-meaning Americans took up space on the tarmac, preventing needed supplies from getting through,” she said.

Experts recommend donating cash to reputable relief groups instead.