Updated April 27 at 3 p.m.
Lots of folks want to help their community after tornadoes destroyed parts of the Triangle. So heres where to donate your money and time.
The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Raleigh-Cary Jewish Federation has set up a disaster relief fund, where 100 percent of the tax deductable donations are going to Saturdays storm victims. Make checks to the Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary, marked "Tornado Disaster Relief," and send to the Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary; 8210 Creedmoor Rd., Suite 104, Raleigh, 27613.
The N.C. Housing Finance Agency and the N.C. Division of Emergency Management are asking landlords and property managers to list available rental housing on the statewide housing locator to help families dislocated after Saturday's storms. NCHousingSearch is a nonprofit service that is free for people listing or looking for housing. The service is available in English and Spanish. To list available housing, landlords should log on here and go to List Housing or contact the toll-free call center at 1-877-428-8844.
North Carolinians who have been displaced from their homes can go to NCHousingSearch or call 1-877-428-8844.
Garner's "American Idol" viewing party on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at Garner Historic Auditorium and Avery Street Recreation Center is asking participants to bring canned goods to donate for tornado relief efforts.
Cavallo Ridge Farm, 730 Oakridge River Road in Fuquay-Varina, is hosting a horse show benefit to help Misty Creek Ranch and other horse farms who were affected by the storms. The benefit show will take place Saturday May 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information to come.
RAFI, a Pittsboro-based nonprofit that works with family farmers, wants to help farmers have access to the information they need to recover. RAFI has posted an updated list of resources for farmers who lost crops, barns, animals or equipment in the storm here.
RAFI is available to assist with paperwork, confidential financial, counseling, and advice. Farmers can call Scott Marlow at (919) 542-1396 x210 or email him for more information.
The Green Chair Project is partnering with the Salvation Army to host a collection drive for Tornado victims on April 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its facility at 1319 Capital Boulevard, including non-perishable food, baby items, cookware, dishware, toiletries, linens and lamps.
The Triangle Community Foundation has NC Tornado Relief 2011 fund for Triangle-based nonprofits providing support to the victims of Saturdays storms that ravaged the area. To donate visit the TCF website or mail a check to: Triangle Community Foundation, 324 Blackwell Street, Suite 1220, Durham, NC 27701. Please designate NC Tornado Relief 2011 in the memo line of your check. You may also text NCCARES to 20222 to make a $10 contribution. In addition, the Foundations community website is collecting information on organizations in need of volunteers to bring food, clothing, toiletries or cleanup support to victims. Follow TCF on Twitter or Facebook for updates on how you can help.
The N.C. Department of Insurance has issued insurance tips for those dealing with property damage. They include contacting your insurance agency immediately; document the damage; and check your policy before hiring tree removal services. Questions? Call 800-546-5664 or 919-807-6750, or visit the DOI website.
After a disaster is when scammers can take advantage of people in need, particularly with so much tree work needing to be done.
Scammers use natural disasters and other tragedies to prey on desperate, unsuspecting victims, said Attorney General Roy Cooper, who issues a release offering consumer tips, such as:
Beware of face disaster officials. Do not pay for work up front and inspect the work before you pay. Watch out for brokers who promise loans from FEMA. And get three estimates before selecting a contractor.
To read the entire news release, go here and click on news and alerts.
Cooper also enacted the price gouging law in areas affected by the storm. Price gougingor charging an unreasonably excessive amount in times of crisisis against North Carolina law when a disaster, an emergency or an abnormal market disruption for critical goods and services is declared by the Governor or local governments. The law also applies to all levels of the supply chain from the manufacturer to the distributor to the retailer.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers tips for staying safe after a disaster.
N.C. Department of Transportation will pick up storm-related debris that is placed at the curb and separated into two piles -- vegetative and construction. Debris should be cut in 5- to 6-foot sections. Appliances, furniture and household hazardous materials will not be collected. Pickup schedules are still being determined and will be publicized when finalized.
To expedite the debris removal process, Wake County residents may use the countys convenience centers to drop off storm debris, including vegetation and building-related debris. The facilities are open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Site #1: 10505 Old Stage Road, Raleigh
Site #2: 6025 Old Smithfield Road, Apex
Site #3: 266 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville
Site #4: 3600 Yates Mill Pond Road, Raleigh
Site #5: 8401 Battle Bridge Road, Raleigh
Site #6: 3913 Lillie Liles Road, Wake Forest
Site #7: 9008 Deponie Drive, Raleigh
Site #8: 2001 Durham Road NC 98, Wake Forest
Site #9: 3337 New Hill-Holleman Road, New Hill
Site #10: 5216 Knightdale - Eagle Rock Road, Knightdale
Site #11: 5051 Wendell Blvd., Wendell (US 64 Business Hwy)
View a map of < ahref="http://www.wakegov.com/alerts/default.htm#3">Wake County Convenience Centers.
County residents may take major appliances, household hazardous materials such as paint, propane tanks to Wake County Multi-material facilities. The facilities are open Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
North Wake: 9037 Deponie Drive, Raleigh
South Wake: 6130 Old Smithfield Road, Apex
Wake County: Garner United Methodist Church, 201 Methodist Dr., Garner, 27529; Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road, Wake Forest, 27587
Johnston County: Feeding Location only at Micro Middle School, 301 E. Main St, Micro, 27576
Cumberland County: Westover Recreational, 267 Bonanza, Fayetteville.
Harnett County: Triton HS, 215 Maynard Lake Rd, Erwin.
Lee County: SanLee Middle School, 2309 Tramway Rd. Sanford, 27330
Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring prescriptions, identification, clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and childrens items. Pets are not permitted.
Register on the American Red Cross Safe and Well site to let your family know you are OK.
Johnston County residents who need bottled water may visit the following locations between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.: Micro First Baptist Church, 106 West Wilson Street, Micro, or Cornerstone Baptist Church, 5058 US 701 Hwy South, Four Oaks.
Visit www.securcare.com or call 919-859-1125 for more information.