How to Help Those Impacted by Florence

Ron Brackett
Published: September 15, 2018

In Florence's wake, thousands of people in the Carolinas are likely going to need help in some form. Here is a list of agencies that will be assisting hurricane victims. 

First, a couple of tips on how best to help disaster victims:

1. Cash is king. After seeing destroyed homes and people who have lost everything, we may be tempted to donate clothing, food, bottled water, or other supplies. Aid organizations say donations like that often create logistical nightmares and more expense. A financial donation can be spent on what is needed most at that particular moment.

2. Know to whom you are giving. Charity scams abound after natural disasters. Give to trusted, mainstream organizations. If you are unsure about a group, check it out at the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance, the Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or GuideStar.

Now, here are ways you can help the victims of Hurricane Florence.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross says that in the past year it has raised $522.7 million to help Hurricane Harvey survivors in Texas and Louisiana. The agency says it "honors donor intent and all donations earmarked for Disaster Relief will be used to help people affected by disasters, big and small."
Donate to the American Red Cross here.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity says its role after a natural disaster "is primarily in the long-term recovery of disaster-stricken communities." It says those long-term recovery needs are often the most underfunded aspect of disaster response and recovery. 
Donate to Habitat for Humanity here.

National Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster

National VOAD is a coalition of more than 50 national faith-based, community-based and other non-governmental organizations and 55 state-level VOADs that work with local organizations.
Donate to or volunteer with National Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster here.

World Vision

World Vision already has positioned relief supplies, which include food, temporary shelter items (such as tents and sleeping bags), hygiene items, coolers, and flood cleanup kits, in Georgia and South Carolina. 
Donate to World Vision here.

Find more organizations here

Charity Navigator has compiled a list of highly rated organizations planning to respond in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. The list is broken down into these categories: General Aid and Relief; Medical Services; Animal Care and Services; and Financial Aid for Families.
Find Charity Navigator's list here.

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