Hurricane Florence made landfall on September 14th and 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. Despite weakening into a category 1 storm, 90mph winds uprooted trees and left 80,000 people without electricity. Sadly, 48 individuals lost their lives as a result of Hurricane Florence.
Our team is working in New Bern, North Carolina, a city severely impacted by Florence. Initially, our teams focused on activities such as assessments of the affected area, mucking and gutting, debris clearing, residential flood clean up and chainsaw work. We have now focused our efforts on Mold Sanitation. With an impressive response from the community for cleanup assistance immediately after the storm, we have now identified mold sanitation as the next critical step in helping homeowners to begin rebuilding their lives. Relief work is well underway as we continue to build out our work queue.
Upon arrival, we also set up the Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) which opened on Friday September, 21st. According to city officials, the largest need in this community was volunteer coordination. 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.
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 to volunteer today.
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