Volunteers, resources prepared to help with Florence relief

Photo: Alexnander Gerst / NASA

As Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas, volunteer groups from across the nation stand ready to provide whatever assistance may be needed. Powerful, damaging winds accompany heavy rainfall that could drop more than 30 inches on some areas of the eastern seaboard.

From Kansas, FEMA's regional office that covers the state is headed to the east coast to help. The group posted photos Thursday, showing officials meeting with emergency managers in North Carolina. FEMA representatives deployed from Kansas will help prepare for projects after the storm like removing debris and repairing buildings.

You can stay informed on up-to-date resources and information on the federal response to Hurricane Florence on FEMA's website.

Within FEMA's site are several links to help people impacted by the storm be as prepared as they can be and know where to turn if they're displaced by the storm.

Ready.gov is among the online resources available to guide people through disaster situations.

Kansas also joins the nation in providing assistance with American Red Cross volunteers. Wednesday, Eyewitness News learned 10 Kansans are among volunteers from across the nation headed for the eastern seaboard. The group is stationed in the North Carolina capital of Raleigh, waiting to see where the hurricane hits and where their help is needed most.

The American Red Cross says something everyone can help with, is blood. Some blood centers had to close in areas within Florence's path. Some blood drives also had to be cancelled.

If you'd like to donate, you can find information on doing so on the American Red Cross's website.

If you'd like to help pets that may be impacted by Hurricane Florence, one place you can donate is the Charleston Animal Society in Charleston, S.C.

As of Thursday night, more than 80,000 homes are without power and the State of North Carolina has already asked the White House to declare a state of emergency in anticipation of a long and difficult cleanup .