Florence Aftermath: How To Help
Out with the storm, in with the help
With Tropical Storm Florence reaching the end, it’s time for North and South Carolina residents to begin traveling home to deal with the disaster Florence left in its jaunt across the Carolinas.
Tropical Storm Florence began as a category 4 hurricane but eventually died down to a Tropical Storm. It’s important to keep in mind that these classifications are primarily based on wind speeds and so while the winds from Florence decreased dramatically, there is still an unimaginable amount of flooding and rain damage in the Carolinas.
After natural disasters such as this one, it’s normal to feel a desire to help those in need but many people don’t know where to begin. That’s why we here at The Sitch have put together a list of ways you can help Florence victims.
According to the Center for International Disaster Information, sending money to help pay for damage control and re-building is the most efficient way to help after a disaster. On the CIDI website, they have listed out Guidelines for Giving. These guidelines include opportunities for giving material possessions (such as clothes and toiletries) as well as money. You can also check out charitynavigator.org for information on specific organizations that could benefit from a financial donation. Give.org also has a comprehensive list of established disaster relief charities.
NBA star Michael Jordan is originally from Wilmington, NC and so he is partnering with organizations like the American Red Cross, DirectRelief, Foundation for the Carolinas, Second Harvest Food Bank, and United Way of Central Carolinas to help fundraise money and gather necessities to aid with hurricane relief.
Other Ways To Donate
The Diaper Bank of North Carolina is collecting diaper and feminine hygiene product donations. They are accepting financial donations, physical diaper drop off in Durham, NC, and are also accepting the purchase of diapers through their Amazon Wishlist. The state of North Carolina is also accepting donations via text, according to NC Governor Roy Cooper. Text FLORENCE to 20222 for more information.
There are also opportunities to volunteer in person. People local to the area can sign up to volunteer for Hurricane Florence Response & Recovery and work with an established hurricane relief volunteer organization. Food Banks are also accepting donations and volunteers to help feed the hungry. And if you’re on Airbnb, then you can also host evacuees and volunteers free of charge until October 1.
The floodwaters from Florence were devastating to some people’s homes and if we all help out in a small way, it can make a huge impact. Let us know if you donated or volunteered in the comments section below and be sure to subscribe to The Sitch for more Florence updates and other entertaining reads.