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.