This was meant to be a post on my recent trip to Edenton, North Carolina. But as I write this, the area is under the gun of Hurricane Florence. Everything I write seems a little too shallow in light of what’s going to happen in the next few hours. Instead, here’s how you can help folks in need before and after the storm.
Become a Care-A-Vanner
If you’re on the road full time, consider joining the RV Care-A-Van community. Organized by Habitat for Humanity, RVers can volunteer in areas where a national disaster has just occurred and work out of their vans/RVs. You drive to where you’re needed, park, volunteer, and rest up in your own rig. This frees up shelter space for those directly impacted by the storm. You can find out more here: https://www.habitat.org/volunteer/travel-and-build/rv-care-a-vanners.
Do good work from your couch
People need stuff. Food, meds, and resources cost money. You can help by donating to either
In addition to their other work, these groups continue to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria and the mainland recover from Harvey and Irma – never mind the fires out west. Now they must add moving people and resources to North Carolina. Bracing for a direct hit, both groups need all the extra cash (and hands) they can get.
If you’re not a fan of these three groups (why?), you can find a list of NGOs to donate to at the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster webpage.
Check your local news
They tend to highlight regional groups going down to disaster zones. You may be able to drop off food, pads and tampons, diapers or whatever else is needed before they head out.
If you are able, consider doing so. It isn’t scary and you get free candy. You can find a donation center at the Red Cross Blood Services website (https://www.redcrossblood.org).
But like, do you live here and have 6 hours?
The Red Cross needs people on the ground. If you are local to Virginia, North Carolina, or South Carolina, they are looking for volunteers willing to work 6-hour and 12-hour shifts. You can sign up here: https://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer.html or by walking into your local Red Cross office.