Hurricane Florence made landfall on September 14th and has caused a flooding crisis throughout the Carolinas. The subsequent record-breaking rainfall from this storm system led to many flash floods, road closures, power outages, and emergency evacuations.
Our team is working in New Bern, North Carolina, a city severely impacted by Florence. Over 1000 residents are in emergency shelters and unable to return home due to continuous flooding as rivers crest to reach their highest point. Assessment and chainsaw teams have been mobilized across the city and to nearby towns. Relief work is well underway as we continue to build out our work queue. The need here is great as we have seen entire neighborhoods and towns flooded.
We have also set up the Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) which opened on Friday September, 21st. According to city officials, the largest need in this community is in volunteer coordination. One of the most urgent tasks is to deliver meals to people who are not able to leave their homes due to flooding. Thanks to our partner, Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC), the VCR is equipped to process incoming volunteers. We have extensive experience in setting up VRCs including after the Gatlinburg fire where we processed over 13,000 volunteers who donated over 92,000 volunteer hours.
We are currently in close communications with the North Carolina Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and coordinating with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD). We are also working closely with our VOAD partners to ensure that we cover such a large area of need.
All Hands and Hearts arrives early and stays until the job is done. The time to get involved is now. Please make a donation and register your volunteer interest today.
Stay up to date with the latest developments in the wake of Hurricane Florence.
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