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Here’s How You Can Help Those Devastated by Hurricane Florence

Rescue workers from Township No. 7 Fire Department and volunteers from the Civilian Crisis Response Team use a boat to rescue a woman and her dog from their flooded home during Hurricane Florence September 14, 2018 in James City, North Carolina. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Rescue workers from Township No. 7 Fire Department and volunteers from the Civilian Crisis Response Team use a boat to rescue a woman and her dog from their flooded home during Hurricane Florence September 14, 2018 in James City, North Carolina. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Hurricane Florence has begun its assault on the Carolinas. Non-profits have already arrived, helping with shelters and positioning supplies and personnel to provide support for those in need.

Facebook has activated a safety check on their Hurricane Florence crisis response page, where their community can also request for and offer aid.

Other groups and individuals are also responding, and are reaching out for support through crowdfunding sites.

campaign for Frank’s Nation has been launched to cover the expenses for this group of volunteers to find and rescue dogs in the affected areas. This nonprofit has been verified by GoFundMe and is named after a bulldog named Frank who was lost during rescue efforts in Hurricane Harvey.

GoFundMe has also verified this campaign for Task Force 75, a team of veterans that have brought boats and supplies to Wilmington, North Carolina to help with search and rescue operations for both people and animals.

Caravans transporting fleets of small boats have also arrived in the Carolinas from Louisiana. These volunteers are from different groups of the Cajun Navy, a loose organization of boaters that helped with water rescues during Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Harvey. America’s Cajun Navy, Louisiana Cajun Navy and the United Cajun Navy are on location to aid those in the rising flood waters.

Hurricane Florence has already impacted the blood supply in the region, as more than 120 blood drives have been canceled in Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. You can find updated locations to give blood through the AABBAmerica’s Blood CentersAmerican Red Cross and the Armed Services Blood Program.