WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT... HURRICANE FLORENCE?
Hurricane Florence has slammed sections of the East Coast, leaving damage and disaster in its path. Multiple people have been killed and injured, severe flooding is overrunning cities, and entire regions are impacted by mass power outages.
The impacts of this disaster are only beginning, so let’s start now to help with the recovery.
(NOTE: We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available)
Make it count (RECOMMENDED)
Money is the most valuable thing you can contribute after a disaster. It allows aid organizations to minimize manpower while maximizing their resources.
Fund shelters, mobile centers, and communications tools with the Red Cross
Mobilize responders on the ground with Team Rubicon
See more verified charities at Charity Navigator.
TIP: double-check before donating items
Receiving and sorting through donated items can be a logistical challenge and requires extra manpower for aid workers after a major disaster. Learn more about how even the best intentions can do more harm than good in some cases.
Double-check with the organization or recipient directly to confirm if they did request items or that they are still in need, before shipping anything out.
Swing by your local blood bank
Blood donations are in high demand after a major disaster. Find out where your closest Red Cross blood bank is and give blood. A single donation may help up to three different people.
It only takes about an hour, so you can do it on your lunch break!
TIP: be critical of what you share
After a disaster, it's common for misinformation to spread online. With so many things going viral, it's hard to tell what's real and what's not.
Before you share a photo, video, story, or donation link, do your research. It helps to protect those who've been impacted.
Meet your best friend
People aren’t the only ones displaced by the disaster — animals are without homes too.
Far away but can't stop thinking about those cuties? Check with your local shelters to see if they've taken in some displaced animals. Or donate instead.
Face the fatigue, then fight it
You're getting worn out. Back-to-back hurricanes have wreaked havoc on the U.S. You're asked left and right for donations. Updates are flooding your newsfeed and draining your passion to step in.
Don't feel guilty. This is normal and human, and you're allowed to feel it. But it won't do you any good unless you face it head-on and handle it in a tangible way.
Schedule guaranteed time off from social media (or wherever else you get your news). Maybe 2 hours, maybe 2 days. Put a reminder on your phone to start the break and another to end the break. Most importantly: schedule a time when your break is over to get your butt back to this page and make moves. Let's find a solution that you can accomplish within your own life. Check out our next few ideas to get your brain churning.
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