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Hurricane Florence: How to Help

From: NASA

From: www.bpr.org

If you're looking to help following the devastation in North Carolina from Hurricane Florence, here are some organizations helping victims of the storm -

A Just Florence Recovery - Resources and support for frontline-to-frontline relief and mobilization in Eastern NC

North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund - Operated through the office of the governor

American Red Cross 

Michael Jordan, Charlotte Hornets, NBA Cares - Set up by the owner of the Hornets and North Carolina native

North Carolina United Way 

Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

North Carolina Community Foundation

SPCA of Wake County - Supporting displaced animals

Diaper Bank of North Carolina - For personal care items like diapers, feminine hygiene products & adult incontinence pills.  You can also purchase items through their Amazon wishlist here

SBP - Group founded after Hurricane Katrina that will send volunteers once flooding has receded to rebuild areas affected by Florence

Save The Children

National Center For Disaster Fraud - Site offering tips to ensure donations are going to organizations helping with disaster relief

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Defense.gov - News United States Department of Defense Coast Guardsmen and members of the North Carolina National Guard assist residents affected by flooding following

Here are even more ways to help those in need:

WCK founder José Andrés and our Chef Relief team have already prepared 80,000 meals for victims of Hurricane Florence,

which devastated the Carolinas. Donations are urgently needed to purchase ingredients, fuel, and delivery supplies essential

to our operations, which are serving 20,000 evacuees and first responders daily.

Give now to support our critical meal relief operations!

International donors/Paypal Users: donate via Paypal by clicking here!

To mail a contribution, please address to: World Central Kitchen, Inc. P.O. Box 392289, Pittsburgh PA 15251-9289. 

(Note: FedEx or overnight mail cannot be accepted at this address and will need to be sent to World Central Kitchen,

1875 Connecticut Ave NW 10th Floor, Washington DC 20009).


 Sep 20, 2018 0 SWANSBORO, N.C. - A boat is beached on land due to the effects of Hurricane Florence in Swansboro, N.C. Sept. 17, 2018. Florence, with its heavy rain and strong winds of over 100 miles per hour, is the biggest storm to hit the Carolinas since Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Private meteorologists estimate the economic loss to be $10-$60 billion in damages. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Nello Miele)

Photo By: Pfc. Nello Miele

In Brief

  • Direct Relief has committed an initial $200,000 in cash and made available its current inventory of more than $100 million in medications and other medical products in response to the unfolding emergency on the U.S. East Coast caused by Hurricane Florence.
  • Direct Relief has offered support to more than 200 healthcare partners that are currently in the storm’s projected path to coordinate potential relief efforts.
  • At the start of hurricane season, hurricane-specific medicines and supplies were also prepositioned in locations serving high-risk areas along the coast and can be opened by health centers should they be needed.


Second Harvest Food Bank

What can you do NOW to help the people and communities that may be impacted by the storm?

Food and Water is the name of our game. Second Harvest and our sister food banks work diligently to cover these basics for families in the wake of the disaster. We work in close coordination with other organizations that provide for other needs.

Financial donations for recovery efforts. Your financial support of our efforts is critical as they allow us to pinpoint the community needs and respond accordingly. When needed, we will activate a special giving page for donations to support our networks response efforts, including securing, staging and distributing water and food for impacted families.

Along with everyone else, food bankers are carefully watching the forecasts regarding Florence, and we will be actively engaged in supporting any necessary relief efforts for our service area working with our local, on-the-ground partner agencies.



How to Help the Animals!

From: Brother Wolf

Our work for the animals affected by Hurricane Florence began well before the storm made landfall, as we evacuated nearly 100 coastal Carolina animals to the safety of partnered shelters in New York and Florida.

The hurricane itself is over, but our work to save animals stranded by the floodwaters hasn’t slowed down. Rapid Response teams have deployed to eastern North Carolina to aid in animal care and search and rescue efforts for those animals left to fend for themselves.

Our team in Wallace, NC has been rescuing dogs and cats from floodwaters filled with debris, chemicals, and bacteria. Some dogs have been found tied to trees or structures, with no way to escape rising waters. Many cats have been found in trees or on rooftops, stranded with no food, water, or weather protection.

Another team has been called to assist in the rescue of pigs and chickens who were living in factory farms at the time the storm hit. Sadly, millions of farmed animals have perished in this storm and the contamination and environmental devastation from breached lagoons will be hard for North Carolina to recover from.

 (See today's Guardian article here, featuring our Field Operations Manager, Eric.)

We have been working around the clock to save as many animals as possible in the short window of time we have before they begin to die from exposure, starvation, dehydration, illness, or injury.

 These animals urgently need your support! Please make a donation today so we can continue to rescue as many as we can before time runs out.



I have been blown away by the love and compassion these animals have been shown by our incredible staff, volunteers, fosters, and donors. We would never be able to do this work without your support.

Thank you!

Denise Bitz




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