Posted 10 Oct 2018
Hurricane Michael makes landfall Oct. 10 as Category 4 storm

To follow information on Hurrican Michael, consult the various FEMA and emergency management officials. Links can be found on FEMA's website dedicated to Hurricane Michael.

If you have family, friends, and associates in the path of the storm, please consult the Red Cross's Safe & Well website.

And remember, your best form of assistance in the aftermath of these types of disasters is to donate money to reliable, engaged organizations. There's more information as you scroll down this page.

hurrican michael made landfall october 10 2018
Image credit: NOAA


Posted 24 Sept 2018
Red Cross provides partner update on Hurricane Florence

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.

Posted 15 Sept 2018

Florence downgraded to a tropical storm

Florence has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm. NOAA's National Hurricane Center has posted a graphic that indicates a probable path of the storm center. It is important to realize, however, the effects of the storm may be felt for hundreds of miles from the center.

Severe, wide-spread flooding continues to be a great concern, and FEMA has these important instructions on the Hurricane Florence page for those in affected areas:

  • If you are safe, stay put. Stay indoors until you are told it safe to go outside by local officials.
  • Keep out of the water. Flood water can contain dangerous debris, downed power lines, and germs. Do not attempt to walk, swim, wade, or drive through flood waters.
  • Let first responders do their job. Stay off the roads, beaches, and waterways. Use VHF Channel 16, or call 911 for emergency needs.
  • Safety Check-in. Text instead of calling to let loved ones know that you are safe; keep phone lines open for first responders.

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Posted 14 Sept 2018
Hurricane Florence makes landfall 

Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, N.C., at 7:15 a.m. ET today (14 Sept 2018).

For the latest updates, visit FEMA's dedicated Hurricane Florence website where you'll find links to official information and social media profiles. The National Hurricane Center (Atlantic Basin) on Twitter is also posting regular updates.

We cannot stress enough the importance of making smart choices when it comes to donating and volunteering during a crisis response. For more tips, visit FEMA's website for information on donating and volunteering responsibly.

Posted 12 Sept 2018
Officials, responders, and residents prepare for Hurricane Florence

noaa image of hurricane florence

Several Missouri organizations are staging teams to prepare for Hurricane Florence response to augment the efforts of local responders. Follow updates from our colleagues at North Carolina VOAD and the National VOAD.

What should you do?
Make a donation. The disaster response teams and residents will need short- and long-term help. Your monetary donation to response efforts makes the greatest impact. Donate today through credible organizations like those listed on the National VOAD website.

What shouldn't you do?
Learn more at the National VOAD website.
Do not send or bring unsolicited donations to local centers in the affected areas. Remember, cash is best! Unsolicited donations can drain valuable resources and distract from critical response work.

Do not self-deploy as a volunteer. Contact a reputable organization through the National VOAD. These groups are poised to respond to disasters and have assessed current needs. This is for your protection and for the protection of others.