The Weather Channel: A few things to remember if you want to provide aid to those affected by this unprecedented hurricane:
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.
3. One way to help is to donate blood. OneBlood is a non-profit organization that is located in almost all counties in Florida and in the southern regions of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. You can search for their blood drives here.
Charity Navigator – supplied by the Weather Channel
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; Animal Care and Services; and Food and Hunger Relief.
Find Charity Navigator’s list here.
Volunteer Florida will be the state’s lead agency on this task, with established resources for individuals and groups who want to support relief and recovery efforts.
If you interested in volunteering or just donating, you can visit VolunteerFlorida.org.
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 Hope International
World Hope International is working with Nazarene and Wesleyan churches in the affected areas to determine what supplies are needed.
Donations can be made via a debit/credit card through the organization’s website.
International Medical Corps
At the request of the Florida Department of Health, the International Medical Corps is sending volunteer doctors and nurses to help with increased demand on medical facilities in the affected areas.
Donations can be made online through a debit/credit card, bank account information or PayPal.
Save the Children
Save the Children is providing child-specific supplies to the areas impacted by Hurricane Michael. Make a donation online through debit/credit card or PayPal here.
Greater Birmingham Humane Society
Birmingham’s Humane Society as accepting pet items at their location at 300 Snow Drive.
• Dog & Cat Food • Cat Litter • Dog & Cat Toys • New Pet Beds • New Collapsible Crates • New Leashes • New Collars • Rubbermaid Containers • Tarps
Global Giving, an international crowdfunding organization, has also set up a donation page with the Disaster Recovering Network for Hurricane Michael victims. The organization says the donations will initially help immediate relief efforts, then fund longer-term recovery projects.
Samaritan’s Purse, one of the charities approved by Charity Navigator, works specifically on rebuilding efforts for communities destroyed or damaged in natural disasters. You can donate to the organization or sign up to volunteer in rebuilding efforts here.
You can sign up to volunteer now and will be notified with more details once our deployment locations have been determined.
The American Red Cross
The American Red Cross has already mobilized more than 1,500 disaster workers to aid in the relief efforts as residents hunker down or flee ahead of Florence. The American Red Cross is currently taking donations to aid in their response efforts — specifically for those affected by Florence — here.
The health-focused disaster relief organization, Americares has already deployed a response team to North Carolina ahead of Florence.
“The storm is on track to make a direct hit on the East Coast and impact much of the southern United States in the coming days,” Americares Director of Emergency Response Brian Scheel said in a statement Monday. “Our response team has been activated and is ready to meet the immediate health needs in affected communities.”
They are currently collecting donations for emergency medicine and other supplies specifically for those impacted by Florence here.
North Carolina Community Foundation
The North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF) is a local humanitarian organization based in North Carolina that partners with local charities that support the community — and is still ranked as a highly-rated charity currently providing aid to the Carolinas ahead of Florence.
You can learn more about how to support their relief efforts on the ground on their website.
The Diaper Bank of North Carolina,
The diaper bank , based in Durham, is collecting donations for diapers and feminine hygiene products for people displaced by the storm. (You can also buy items on the group’s Amazon wish list.) The organization is also asking for volunteers and donations of diapers, wipes and sanitary pads.
There is Harvest Hope Food Bank, which has several locations in South Carolina. Cooperative Ministry, also in South Carolina. Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina is preparing to respond after the storm. It is recommended to contact a food bank directly about their need and what you can do.
Mennonite Disaster Service
The Mennonite Disaster Service is a nonprofit volunteer network that responds to natural and man-made disasters in Canada and the US. Their efforts are dedicated to the cleanup, repair, and rebuilding of homes. A $40 daily donation is enough to provide dorm-style lodging, meals, tools, and equipment for one of their volunteers.
The nonprofit crowdfunding organization GlobalGiving, which supports grassroots charity projects on the ground in areas affected, has launched a Hurricane Florence relief fund.
The fund will support immediate relief efforts such as food, water, and medicine but also invest in longer-term recovery projects to help residents rebuild their community after the storm recedes.
For animals: American Humane and the Charleston Animal Society
When these storms hit, animals — especially those in a shelter — are often extremely vulnerable as residents evacuate. If you are looking to help with the relief efforts for pet shelters, the national nonprofit organization American Human and the local Charleston Animal Society are both highly-rated organizations aiding in the Florence relief efforts specifically for four-legged residents of Virginia and the Carolinas. Please make an emergency gift today. http://americanhumane.org/disaster-relief
The Salvation Army
The United Way Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund
United Way is creating the United Way Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund to support local communities in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the surrounding areas affected by Hurricane Florence.
As part of our mission to build stronger communities, and to fight for the health and safety of every person in every community, United Ways in the affected areas will continue to raise money locally and respond to emerging needs as appropriate for their community. The national fund will complement those efforts and provide a single clearinghouse for individual and corporate donors who want to impact all affected areas.