American Red Cross mobilizes resources to help those affected by Florence

Clark Diaz
September 23, 2018

Agencies in MS and Alabama continue to answer the call as Florence continues to bring lots of wind and rain to the east coast. They say that for every dollar you donate, 91 cents of that will go directly to relief efforts such as food, shelter and emotional support for those who have been impacted.

United Way created the Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund to "support local communities in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the surrounding areas affected by Hurricane Florence", the website reads.

Be sure to research the organization to which you are considering donating.

"One thing we're always doing when there's not a natural disaster is still responding to fires throughout the state", she said.

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If you've wanted to help our friends in the Carolinas but don't know what to do, help the Red Cross help them. Volunteers from across the state loaded up trucks to meet in Macon. She is in Durham, North Carolina. These supplies are often forgotten as residents evacuate but are crucial for providing basic hygiene care.

Cox said the agency is requesting monetary donations at this time because of the difficulty of delivering supplies. Others are called on to help at the scene of local house and apartment fires to assist people who have been affected.

About the American Red CrossThe American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides worldwide humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

Donations can be made here.

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Wilmington has been cut off from the rest of North Carolina.

In the immediate area where Florence makes landfall, tornadoes and flash flooding are possible and power, water, sewer and phone services could be disrupted for an extended time after the storm's landfall, the Red Cross said.

Here's how to help those impacted by the storm.

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