Hurricane Florence is bringing torrential rain, wind, and 6-foot floods to the Carolinas. Here's how you can donate to relief efforts.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC)'s predictions of both "catastrophic" flooding and "life-threatening" storm surges has kicked emergency relief efforts into high gear. Thus far, 1.7 million people have been required to leave their homes in the coastal areas of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, and millions of homes have been put under official watch or warnings for extreme weather conditions.Although its wind speed has weakened, the hurricane has increased in size, resulting in greater risk for a greater number of people. So far, floods as deep as 6.3 feet and wind gusts as fast as 105 mph have been recorded.
For those looking to help, we've compiled a list of reputable organizations that are assisting in relief efforts.
While the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) says that monetary donations are the best way to provide aid, organizations like the American Red Cross and National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster are also accepting volunteers. The following list encompasses local, national, and international organizations offering a variety of services during the crisis.
Note: It's not clear whether all of these organizations will spend 100% of donations received on hurricane relief and associated expenses. In past large-scale disasters, they have given high percentages of donations directly to victims, especially if there is a specific fund set up. To avoid scams, it's always good to research a group before donating by checking scores from independents groups like Charity Navigator and Charity Watch.