Make sure that you make a difference.
That’s the advice from Illinois’ emergency managers as people look to help in the aftermath of now-Tropical Storm Florence.
Whether you are donating money or your time, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency says it’s important to give to reputable charities and aid organizations.
IEMA’s Rebecca Clark says a lot of people are going to want to help now that Florence has moved through parts of North Carolina.
That’s great, she adds, but wants to make sure the help that people offer makes it to the hurricane zone.
“It’s really important that people who are looking to help make sure they find a reputable organization, to make a difference,” Clark said.
Clark said that a number of organizations in Illinois need volunteers to help as they send aid to the Carolinas and other states impacted by Florence.
“One place that we like to send people is the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster [organization],” Clark said. “It maintains a database of volunteer and charity organizations that are involved in a number of ways.”
As always, there will be some scammers looking to take advantage of the storm.
Clark said Ready.Illinois.Gov also has a list of reputable charities that people can trust.