How to Support Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts
Wake County is not accepting donations from the public at this time, but there are plenty of other ways to help
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Many Wake County residents have generously asked how they can help people impacted by Hurricane Florence. While the county appreciates their offers of assistance, it is not accepting donations from the public at this time.
County staff are very busy keeping our residents safe from the impacts of the storm and operating six emergency shelters currently housing more than 1,000 people. As they focus on these efforts, they don’t currently have the ability to accept, sort, store and distribute donations.
The good news is there are many other ways to help. Residents are encouraged to donate to trusted charities with proven track records of serving the community.
The North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund is currently accepting contributions to help fulfill the immediate unmet needs of people affected by Hurricane Florence. You can research other charitable organizations on websites such as the Better Business Bureau’s Give.org or CharityNavigator.org.
For tips on how to donate wisely and avoid charity scams, visit the Federal Trade Commissioner website.
If you are safe and able to help the community, the Red Cross would greatly appreciate volunteer support. The Red Cross is in need of volunteer who can sign up for a 6-12 hour shift and help maintain/set up sheltering facilities, register clients, maintain client information, and serve meals, among other tasks. Licensed nurses and mental health professionals are encouraged to volunteer with Red Cross in the local community. Those who live in Eastern North Carolina and are interested in volunteering are urged to sign up at redcross.org/enc. Following sign-up, a Red Cross team member will contact applicants directly. Due to the expected high-volume of applications, Red Cross asks for patience as the organization reaches out to volunteers.
Sources: American Red Cross, Wake County Government