September 17, 2018
Hurricane Florence has caused catastrophic damage to North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, and many Vermonters are eager to assist the survivors. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has coordinated with the three states to offer donation and volunteer guidance. The information below is from a FEMA press release.
The most effective means to support recovery of communities affected by hurricanes and tropical storms is to donate money to trusted voluntary-, faith- and community-based charitable organizations. This gives these organizations the ability to purchase what survivors need right now. In addition, when these organizations purchase goods or services locally, they pump money back into the local and regional economy, helping businesses recover faster.
The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) list trusted organizations receiving donations, many of which are already coordinating relief and response efforts in the impacted areas. If you need help in determining who to give to, visit the NVOAD website, www.nvoad.org, which includes a list of major non-profits active in disaster work.
North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia ask that volunteers not self-deploy, as unexpected arrival in affected communities creates an additional burden for first responders. To register as an affiliated volunteer with a voluntary or charitable organization, visit the National VOAD (www.nvoad.org) for a list of partners active in disaster.
Impacted states have also started coordinating donations and volunteer efforts directly. For more information on their efforts, visit:
The state asks that people consider donating to trusted organizations, like the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund: https://www.rebuild.nc.gov/ or text Florence to 20222. To volunteer go to https://www.nc.gov/volunteer.
Information on donating and volunteering is available on the South Carolina Emergency Management's Division website: https://scemd.org/recover/volunteer-and-donate/.
Virginia asks people to go to the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters website to help or volunteer: https://vavoad.org/.
Wherever you choose to give, be patient. Recovery lasts a lot longer than media attention. There will be recovery needs for many months, often many years, after the disaster.
Source: Vermont Emergency Management
Last Updated at: September 17, 2018 15:23:31