The monstrous, Hurricane Florence is rapidly approaching the North Carolina, South Carolina and additional mid-Atlantic states. More than 1.7 million people have been told to evacuate coastal areas to safer places not in the projected pathway of the natural disaster.
While Hurricane Florence might not be impacting us here in SWFL, there are still ways you can help.
Those interested in contributing to the cause can donate to non-profit agencies, such as the local Red Cross chapter. Individuals can visit RedCross.org or they can contact the agency by calling 1-800-Red-Cross to donate money.
“You also can text a donation to 9099, text the word Florence to make a gift as well.” Jill Palmer said, who is the executive director of Lee County American Red Cross.
Red Cross organizations from around the U.S. are contributing volunteers to aid North Carolina and South Carolina. The Lee County American Red Cross is among those organizations.
If you are interested in contributing beyond giving money, there is still time to get involved as a volunteer.
“Our volunteers are trained,” Palmer said. She advises those interested to complete the application on RedCross.org. Applicants will have t complete an intake procedure to volunteer. Depending upon the area of interest, he or she will be assigned a recommended training to complete, "such as sheltering, feeding, mass care, logistics, external relations, public affairs,” Palmer said.
Americares is an agency that is seeking relief donations.
The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster’s website links to places you can volunteer, or send money and resources for natural disasters.
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, it’s a good time to make sure you have all the supplies you need.