CHARLOTTE (WJZY) – Florence – which started out as a powerful category 4 hurricane and has since been downgraded in a tropical storm – continues to devastate communities, threatening to dump additional 15 inches of rain on the Carolinas.
If you're trying to make a difference, here's how you can help those affected by the storm.
FEMA argues that cash donations provide maximum flexibility for charitable and non-profit organizations to meet urgent needs. People are urged to not donate unsolicited goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, medicines or perishable foodstuffs at this time to avoid removing valuable voluntary labor, transportation and warehouse space.
Charity Navigator has compiled a list of high-level organizations planning to respond to Tropical Storm Florence in the aftermath. These organizations will provide assistance to communities affected by the storm.
General help and rescue
Financial aid for families
Relief from food and hunger
Accommodation and shelter
UPDATE: The team of first responders of American Humane coordinated an evacuation of 72 cats out of the path of #HurricaneFlorence. Our teams are ready to help millions of animals still at risk. Please, give an emergency gift today. https://t.co/Nm7rq9mvxp pic.twitter.com/be3DGme1ad
– American Humane (@AmericanHumane) September 12, 2018
Those interested in donating can also support the official GoFundMe Hurricane Florence Relief fund here. GoFundMe has also edited a hub that includes verified campaigns and individual fundraisers for victims.
#HurricaneFlorence it is making its way to the coast and those on its way are making preparations for potentially catastrophic rain. In anticipation of this historic storm, we have created a centralized hub for verified GoFundMes that help those affected. https://t.co/vsG5q76HKj
– GoFundMe (@gofundme) September 13, 2018
FEMA urges those who wish to volunteer not to self-deploy, as this could have a negative impact on first responders and their missions. Potential volunteers are asked to register with a voluntary or charitable organization. FEMA also notes that there will be voluntary needs for many months after the disaster, so those wishing to help should register now.