Hurricane Florence caused catastrophic flooding and damage in the Carolinas. Here’s what you need to know about the storm and how to help people who were in its path.
1. Hurricane Florence moved over the Carolinas at a menacingly slow pace.
Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, on Sept. 14, 2018 with 90+ mph winds. Moving at a menacingly slow pace, Hurricane Florence shattered rain records, dumping more than 35 inches of rain (that’s 8 trillion gallons) over parts of North Carolina and causing massive flooding.
Source: ABC News
2. Dozens of people lost their lives.
More than 40 people, including several children, were killed in the slow-moving storm. Nearly 2 million people had to flee their homes, and thousands were displaced or without power.
Source: CBS News
3. The risk of flooding still remains.
Rivers are still rising from Florence’s pounding rain. Inland flooding—the most common cause of deaths after a hurricane—remains a risk throughout the Carolinas.
Source: Chicago Tribune
4. Cash is the best way to help people in need after a disaster like Hurricane Florence.
Why? The needs of survivors vary greatly disaster to disaster—and even day to day—so a cash donation to a vetted organization is the quickest and safest way to get help where it’s needed. You can learn more about how to help people affected by Hurricane Florence in this infographic, which can also be downloaded and shared on social media.
Source: GlobalGiving + USAID Center for International Disaster Information
5. GlobalGiving’s disaster recovery partners are already on the ground, delivering food, fuel, and emergency services to people in harm’s way.
Fuel Relief Fund is giving gas to stranded evacuees and first responders for cars, generators, and medical equipment. World Central Kitchen, Inc., is serving hot meals. And Circle of Health International is delivering cash grants to women and children caught in the eye of the storm with scarce escape options. They need your help to continue and expand their life-saving work in the Carolinas. [Read one first responder’s account.]
Donate to the Hurricane Florence Relief Fund to support vetted organizations on the ground in the Carolinas. The Disaster Recovery Team at GlobalGiving will ensure your gift reaches those most in need now and over the long haul.
Learn more about the Disaster Recovery Team at GlobalGiving.
Featured Photo: Hurricane Florence is hit North Carolina Friday morning. This photo by Kolin Toney via Flickr shows a stormy sky in North Carolina in 2009. Publication note: This story was originally published on Sept. 10, 2018 and last updated on Sept. 27, 2018.