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Posted 24 Sept 2018
Red Cross provides partner update

Last week, American Red Cross provided an update for the work the organizations and others had done in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. At the time of the update on Sept. 21, the Red Cross had mobilized more than 3,600 disaster workers from across the country for sheltering, feeding and other operations. 

  • For example, on Sept. 22, more than 3930 people were in 58 Red Cross and community shelters. 
  • To that point, the Red Cross and other organizations have provided more than 96,000 overnight stays in emergency shelters in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
  • The Red Cross and partner organizations had served about 300,000 meals and snacks and distributed more than 3,400 relief items (diapers, comfort kits) to individuals forced from their homes.



top left: Tzu Chi’s missions focus on giving material aid to the needy and inspiring love and humanity to both givers and receivers. In addition to charity, the foundation dedicates itself in the fields of medicine, education, environmental protection, international relief and the establishment of one of the world’s largest bone marrow donor registry. Tzu Chi also promotes humanistic values and community volunteerism. Photo courtesy of Georgia Red Cross responders on the ground.

top right: The Red Cross and Southern Baptist teams prepare to load meals in Jacksonville, N.C.

lower left and right: ERV crews from Missouri staged in Macon, Georgia, prior to landfall of Hurricane Florence.

See our previous posts about Hurricane Florence archived on our News page.

How to help Hurricane Florence
recovery efforts (source: FEMA)

  • Cash is best. Financial contributions to recognized disaster relief organizations are the fastest, most flexible, and most effective method of donating. Organizations on the ground know what items and quantities are needed, often buy in bulk with discounts and, if possible, purchase through area businesses which supports economic recovery.

  • Confirm donations needed. Critical needs change rapidly – confirm needed items BEFORE collecting; pack and label carefully; confirm delivery locations; arrange transportation. Unsolicited goods NOT needed burden local organizations’ ability to meet survivors’ confirmed needs, drawing away valuable volunteer labor, transportation, and warehouse space.

  • Connect to volunteer. Trusted organizations operating in the affected area know where volunteers are needed, and can ensure appropriate volunteer safety, training, and housing.

September is National Preparedness Month

One way to prepare for a disaster to is have a financial plan.

FEMA has posted an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) document that walks you through the items you need to include in your EFFAK.

One important tip: Make digital copies of important documents and save them on the cloud or a secure cell phone app in case disaster strikes.

Take time to prepare your family with useful disaster preparedness information from Ready.gov.

save money for emergency
And, watch this video for Six Things to Know Before a Disaster.

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