While the D.C. region will be spared a direct hit from Hurricane Florence, many hundreds of thousands along the east coast are still awaiting the catastrophic storm.

As it nears the coast, it will cause catastrophic damage on the coast and significant inland flooding.

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Red Cross disaster workers are preparing to respond to the Category 2 storm during the next several days.

If you would like to help, you can make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. This allows the Red Cross to have resources ready to deliver support on a large scale.

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The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is also preparing for Florence. They tweeted that as soon as needs are assessed, they will respond.

Also, not-for-profit organization AABB is encouraging people to roll up their sleeves and donate blood to ensure there is an adequate blood supply during the storm and after it’s over.

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