Hurricane Florence: How to Help


Hurricane Florence slammed the Carolinas and neighboring states with storm surge, damaging winds, and catastrophic flooding.  Many SAS employees are wondering how to help.

There are many different ways to help provide support and relief to those impacted by the storm. Below are some ideas. When deciding how to give, it can be helpful to consult Charity Navigator, which is an American independent charity watchdog organization that evaluates charitable organizations in the US.

ABC11 Together and the American Red Cross are teaming up on Tuesday, September 18, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. for a Hurricane Florence Relief Drive.

The North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund is currently accepting contributions for Hurricane Florence damage. Contributions will help with immediate unmet needs of Hurricane Florence victims.

Save the Children  is accepting monetary donations for their continued effort to meet the unmet needs of children impacted by Florence and other natural disasters.

In anticipation of the effects of Hurricane Florence, Foundation For The Carolinas has established a relief fund to support those affected by the unprecedented storm. Donations to the Hurricane Florence Response Fund will be directed to nonprofits in North and South Carolina providing relief to victims of the storm. Grants will be distributed to areas of greatest need once the full impact of the hurricane is realized.

The Diaper Bank of Durham Disaster relief organizations provide vital goods and services to those in need. However, there are no agencies that provide diapers. As the only statewide diaper bank in North Carolina, DBNC partners with state emergency services to fill this gap.

  • DBNC urges you to join with us today to support our neighbors across the state.
  • Make a quick and easy monetary donation online
  • Drop off diapers, wipes, and sanitary pads to our headquarters (1311 East Club Blvd. Durham NC 27704.)
  • Volunteer to prepare disaster relief kits of personal hygiene items
  • Spread the word through social media
  • You can donate items through our Amazon Wishlist

WRAL, GoTriangle, the United Way and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina will collect donations – of money and goods to help with hurricane cleanup – Thursday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh (inside Gate A off Trinity Road) and at the food bank distribution facility at 1924 Capital Blvd. in Raleigh.The most needed items for disaster relief are:

  • Toiletries, including dental supplies (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, etc.)
  • Blankets and pillows
  • First Aid items and unopened medicines
  • High-protein canned meals with pop-top cans (ravioli, soups, spaghetti)
  • Single-serving meals that do not require refrigeration or cooking/meals ready to eat
  • Single-serving snacks such as raisins & granola bars
  • Paper goods and products (paper towels/plates/cups/napkins, plastic utensils)
  • Diapers (adult and child)
  • Baby formula
  • Cleaning supplies and disinfectant wipes
  • Bottled water
  • Work gloves, utility and rubber gloves
  • Utility knives and flashlights
    Please do not donate: Used clothing, shoes, toys, books, games or anything that can spoil, rot or create an odor.

Two of The Capital Area Food Network’s partner organizations, Community Food Lab and CompostNow, have kindly volunteered to jointly serve as a donation drop-off site.

They will accept the following items at their location at 706 Mountford Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603 from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.

  • water
  • food items: shelf-stable and non-perishable only
  • toiletries and personal hygiene products
  • baby and pet supplies
  • can openers
  • batteries
  • tarps and bungee cords
  • first aid supplies
  • clothing
  • bags for waste
    Please contact Erin Gallagher at and 919-875-0707) with any questions. Please do not contact Community Food Lab or CompostNow directly.


The health-focused disaster relief organization, AmeriCares has deployed a response team to North Carolina.

They are currently collecting donations for emergency medicine and other supplies specifically for those impacted by Florence here.

North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF)

The North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF) is a local humanitarian organization based in North Carolina that partners with local charities that support the community -- and is still ranked as a highly-rated charity currently providing aid to the Carolinas ahead of Florence.

You can learn more about how to support their relief efforts on the ground on their website.


The nonprofit crowdfunding organization GlobalGiving, which supports grassroots charity projects on the ground in areas affected, has launched a Hurricane Florence relief fund.

The fund will support immediate relief efforts such as food, water, and medicine but also invest in longer-term recovery projects to help residents rebuild their community after the storm recedes.

American Humane Society and the Charleston Animal Society

When these storms hit, animals -- especially those in a shelter -- are often extremely vulnerable as residents evacuate. If you are looking to help with the relief efforts for pet shelters, the national nonprofit organization American Humane Society and the local Charleston Animal Society are both highly-rated organizations aiding in the Florence relief efforts specifically for four-legged residents of Virginia and the Carolinas.

WRAL has several other suggestions for how to help in this article.  We know that there are many more organizations out there coordinating efforts to help - if you are familiar with additional resources, please feel free to share information in the comments section.  Thanks!


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Kim Andreaus

Work Life Program Manager

Kim Andreaus is the Aging and Eldercare Program Manager for Work/Life. She has experience in geropsychiatry; both inpatient and in a community mental health setting. In addition, she has been a faculty member at NCSU, UNC-CH and Wake Tech and has taught courses in gerontology and conducted training in geriatric mental health.

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