New Bern, North Carolina - Photo by: Steve Helber: AP
I did some research to see which areas needed the most help and I briefly talk about them below. I have provided links to their local schools and other contact information if applicable.
New Bern, North Carolina had 4,300 houses destroyed and over 300 businesses. On the school website the banner states that schools will be closed for this week and essential staff is to report to the schools (only if they can safely) to assess damages. At the bottom of their page is a Google Doc that lists ways to help. I found a link at the bottom that asks for donations to go directly to the school district instead of a Go Fund me or large organization because 100% of the donations will be given to those in need. Here is the direct LINK for donations as well as the LINK for the school website.
Fayetteville, North Carolina has over 700 structures (most likely this number will increase) that have been destroyed by the flood waters of Cape Fear. Cumberland County Schools, serves the students who live in this area and while I could not find a link for how to help I know that when we visited Houston a few phone calls got us to someone who was able to tell us what they needed and where to donate.
New Hanover Schools serve the city of Wilmington, North Carolina. Wilmington was flooded to the point that it was impossible for emergency crews to get to them this past Monday, the Coast Guard was able to make water rescues during this time. On the school districts website there are instructions to contact them via email for information on how and what to donate, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Myrtle Beach fared better than expected and Horry County Schools are closed only to help with displaced flood victims. I could not find information about the need for donations on their website, but it seems that their needs are much less than those mentioned above.
When catastrophe happens we all want to help and know that our help is going to the right places. I think that contacting the schools in the areas that are hit by disaster is the best way to make sure that your donations are headed directly to the people most in need.
It was obvious on our visit to Houston last year that the administrators of the schools were making sure to evaluate the families of their students to make sure they received the help necessary. I like that New Bern has set up a way to donate and this is where I will be directing my money.