Ways to provide Hurricane Dorian relief and avoid scams

(KWCH) If you want to help those in need in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, the Red Cross says the best thing you can do is donate money.

Frankiln County Sheriff's Office is taking donations for Hurricane Dorian victims. (MGN)

HELP PEOPLE AFFECTED BY HURRICANE DORIAN

The Red Cross works with emergency management across the country. The organization has been preparing for Dorian for several weeks.

More than 9,000 people are already staying in shelters in Florida, Georgia. and South Carolina. The Red Cross has already served more than 19,000 meals to those in the path of Dorian. They say money donations are most needed right now to keep the shelters running.

"We already have over 100 tractor trailers there, ready made food, the cots, all of the items there ready in a moment's notice to go to the affected areas," said Shannon Wedge, American Red Cross. "So really the best way that people can help is to donate money."

However, in times like these scammers are often out to take what you've meant for good for themselves.

We have some tips to keep you from becoming a victim.

The Better Business Bureau says to donate your money to credible charities like the Red Cross, United Way or the Salvation Army.

The Red Cross does not go door-to-door asking for donations, but it does send emails or letters. The most secure way to donate is at redcross.org or text "Dorian" to 90999 to make a $10 donations.

Watch out for charities that seem to spring up overnight in connection with current events. Avoid GoFundMe accounts because they are difficult to verify. Lastly, never send cash. You don't know who's one the receiving end and you won't have a record for tax purposes.