According to the New York Times, Hurricane Irene is likely to be one of the most costly natural disasters in U.S. history, with an estimated total of somewhere between $7 to $10 billion in damage. And because flooding, not wind, caused most of the destruction, it's likely insurance companies will not cover a good portion of the cost.
One of the areas hardest hit, and of particular interest to surfers, were North Carolina's Outer Banks, where bridges and roadways were washed out, leaving whole communities cut off. Families in several towns in the Outer Banks have also lost homes, all of their possessions, and the prospect of future income because the storm damaged infrastructure vital to the area's tourist industry.
Multiple fundraisers are currently being organized, including one spearheaded by Kitty Hawk surfer Noah Snyder. Scheduled to take place at The Outer Banks Boarding Company on October 15, the event will feature food from local vendors, live music, and an auction held in conjunction with the Liberty Christian Fellowship featuring merchandise from Hurley, Patagonia, WRV, and SURFER, among others. All proceeds from that event will be donated directly to either the Liberty Christian Hurricane Benevolence Fund or families in need in the Outer Banks.
If you can't make it to the auction, but would like to help, you can donate anything from food to clothing to your services at The Really, Really Free Market in the Safeway Plaza in Salvo. Or you can click the links below to learn how to donate to the various relief funds dedicated to helping those in need in the wake of this storm.