5 Ways To Help Those Affected By Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence is currently breaking records in North Carolina and South Carolina. The storm hit the east coast states hard, according to CNN already 18 people have died.

Even though the hurricane was downgraded, the rainfall causing mass damage. Roughly 40 inches of rain will fall in southeastern North Carolina and Northeastern South Carolina. While the rest of the Carolinas will be hit with about 20 inches of rain. Coastal cities are fully submerged in rain.

“It’s horrible,” said Mitch Colvin, mayor of Fayetteville, N.C., to the New York Times. “Things are deteriorating.”

There has been record-breaking rainfall and flooding. With all this damage going on there is plenty you can do to help the Carolina residents affected by Hurricane Florence.

Donate Money

Donating money is always a great way to help anyone in need. When it comes to donating money it’s key to be informed about the charity you’re donating to and what your money will be going towards. You can use sites like Charity Navigator to quickly research whichever charity you’re looking to donate money to.

Michael Jordan and the NBA Charlotte Hornets team, which he owns, set up a site directing people to charities to help relief efforts.

The woman from the TV show One Tree Hill set up a relief fundraiser because the show was filmed in North Carolina, specifically Wilmington. All of the donations will be going to Random Acts and will directly help those affected.

Diaper Bank is accepting donations to help families who were affected and don’t have the proper supplies like diapers for their kids. The state of North Carolina is accepting disaster relief donations. You can donate online or text “Florence” to 20222. The state of South Carolina is urging people to donate to the One SC Fund. This fund gives grants to nonprofits who are helping with relief.


Donate Blood

American Red Cross says that over 120 blood drives were canceled due to the hurricane. Roughly 3,800 uncollected blood and platelet donations were not made due to the canceled drives. To make up for the blood drives they’re asking people to donate blood ASAP. You can find blood drives near you on the American Red Cross.


Donate Food

If you live near the affected area, donate food to local food banks. Second Harvest Food Bank is collecting donations for North Carolina and local food banks. Feeding America is taking donations to supply food and supplies to those affected. Anyone from any area can donate to Feeing to America.

Donating to your own local food banks is also helpful even if you’re not near the affected area. Greg Forrester, president and CEO of National Voluntary Active if Disaster told NBC┬áthat donating to local sources if helpful because “replenishing local sources so that more can be dropped into North and South Carolina.”


Animal Shelters

During crisis, it’s often that people forget about the animals and pets affected by the storm. During these times shelters get packed and if they reach capacticy some have to euthanize the animals. If you’ve been considering adopting a pet and live near the area but wasn’t affected, now is the time to adopt. If you don’t live nearby you can donate to these shelters.

Atlanta Humane Society is taking in animals from South Carolina and is taking donations on Facebook. Their donations will be matched until September 30. Other shelters that are taking donations are Charleston Animal Society, American Humane and The Human Society.


Social Media

If you don’t have the funds to donate money, don’t worry you can still help. Share these resources on your social media and raise awareness on how others can help. Spread awareness! Get your friends to donate!

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