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US Flag in StormHurricane Florence has devastated parts of the Carolinas with severe flooding and storm surges.  Unfortunately, thousands of North and South Carolina residents located on the coast as well as inland now find themselves in need of assistance in a variety of forms.  For those that would like to help those in need or to find more information on how to help, we’ve compiled a list of resources and options to make it easier to assist.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) indicates that donations of cash offer the most flexibility for charities and nonprofits to address those with urgent needs. FEMA asks that people do not donate unsolicited goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, medicine or perishable foodstuffs at this time.  FEMA also urges those wishing to volunteer to not self-deploy, as it could negatively impact first responders and their missions. Potential volunteers are asked to register with a volunteer or charitable organization. FEMA notes that unfortunately there will be volunteer needs for many months after the disaster, so those wishing to help should sign up now.

Note: this list is not completely inclusive and represents what we know to be available at the time and reported on by various news and media outlets.

This is just a short list of many Hurricane Florence relief/assistance options.

Unfortunately, in these situations, some unscrupulous people will try to take advantage of these disasters and create fraudulent charities for financial gain.  If you suspect that an organization (not listed above) or individual is engaging in fraud, you can report it to the National Center for Disaster Fraud.

Thank you for your support of those in need.

The teams from CEO Inc. and Xcentri (a CEO Company)

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