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How you can help hurricane victims

Posted at 9:33 PM, Sep 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-14 12:04:37-04

After the destruction from Hurricane Florence, thousands of people will be left with damage to their homes and other properties. The Federal Emergency Management Agency put together a list of ways you can help them.

  • Donate money: Cash is the most effective way to help a community after a disaster. Donating objects such as food, clothing and bottled water can sometimes create logistical issues and more expenses. The Salvation Army has a page set up specifically for Hurricane Florence relief.
  • Volunteer: The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is a FEMA-trusted non-profit organization. 
  • Connect with a non-profit: Make sure that you are appropriately trained to respond to a community before entering the situation on your own.
  • Donate what is needed: Connect with organizations so that you are only donating what is needed and not what you think is needed. Used clothing is never needed in a disaster area.
  • Be patient, and stick around: Volunteers will be needed for months, maybe even years after the hurricane hits.