Communities in North Carolina and along the East Coast are battling rising floodwaters and the devastating effects of the sprawling storm. Here are the best ways to send aid.

By Taylor Eisenhauer

Hurricane Florence made landfall as a Category 1 storm on September 14, causing deadly inland flooding and more than a dozen fatalities. Powerful images pouring in from the region show the ever-growing flood waters in towns large and small and the destruction left behind in Florence's wake. The best way to help those affected by Florence is by donating to the following organizations.

North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund

To support immediate relief in the wake of Florence, you can donate to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund, the state’s official recovery fund to meet the needs of survivors. You can donate online here or by texting “Florence” to 20222.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) has set up a 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund, which will support the communities affected by Florence and any other storms that may arise. The fund will focus on medium- and long-term recovery needs, such as rebuilding homes and helping young children.

GlobalGiving

GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Florence Relief Fund is helping first responders meet survivors’ immediate needs for food, water, and fuel. After the initial relief work, GlobalGiving works with local organizations to support long-term recovery efforts.

MAP International

Georgia’s MAP International has provided 4,000 disaster health kits throughout North Carolina and other regions affected by Florence. The kits provide medicine and other essential health items to prevent the spread of disease in the wake of national disasters. Donations can be designated to help Florence survivors.

Charleston Animal Society

Donations made to the Charleston Animal Society will support animal rescue efforts in the affected areas of South Carolina.

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Louisiana Cajun Navy

Formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Louisiana Cajun Navy is a network of volunteers (with boats) who assist in search-and-rescue operations. Most recently, the Cajun Navy has mobilized for both Hurricanes Harvey and Gordon, and the group is currently volunteering in the Carolinas to assist with relief efforts. You can donate here.

Task Force 75

Task Force 75, a volunteer-run disaster response team of military veterans formed in 2017, provides search-and-rescue teams, animal rescue teams, first aid personnel, and general humanitarian assitance to affected areas. All donations will assist with the group's transportation and operation as it responds to Florence.