Giving to the Cajun Navy
Numerous volunteer rescue groups go by some variation of Cajun Navy.
One registered nonprofit, Cajun Navy Relief, said that its volunteers, who include boaters, EMTs and firefighters, have extensive training and have conducted rescues in previous storms,like Hurricane Harvey last year.
As Hurricane Florence approached the Carolinas, the Cajun Navy Relief deployed to an area near Lumberton, N.C., with bass boats, airboats and other vessels, said Josh Richard, a spokesman for the organization.
The group has aPayPal accountfor monetary donations, which are needed to fill fuel containers and buy meals for boat teams and evacuees, among other costs. Go here todonate supplies.
Before the storm hit, many local animal shelters scrambled to transport their charges to safe locations, orto get them adopted.
TheAtlanta Humane Societywas caring for dozens of cats and dogs from Beaufort, S.C., and rushed to get other animals in shelters on the Carolina coast out of harm’s way.
After Irma last year, the organization put up 1,000 animals in an emergency shelter, and if needed, it could reopen such a facility, said Christina Hill, a spokeswoman for the group.
That protects animals in case shelters are damaged, and also frees up space for lost or displaced animals that come in after the storm. (Shelters that reach capacity are sometimesforced to euthanizeanimals after natural disasters.)