Hurricane Florence - Emergency Response Update - UMR

HURRICANE FLORENCE – EMERGENCY RESPONSE UPDATE

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September 20, 2018

Hurricane Florence set a new record for rainfall in North Carolina. The storm left devastation in over 18 counties across Eastern North Carolina, South Carolina, and spurred tornadoes, flooding, mudslides, flooding, and power outages in its wake. 240,000 people were evacuated from low lying coastal residences. Millions are left without power or access to food, clean water, and clean clothing. 40 people lost their lives in the storm, including one toddler who got swept away in a flood surge while his mother attempted to carry him to safety.
Rainfall from the remnants of Florence sent thousands of gallons of untreated sewage into North Carolina rivers, potentially with severe public health and environmental consequences. Intense heat and humidity has spurred the growth of black mold in many residences already damaged by moisture.
Prior to the storm, UMR provided shelters for Hurricane evacuees in Wake County, NC with pillows, blankets, and hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, and tissues. Thanks to your donations, one shelter in North Raleigh was able to provide intake services to additional guests from the eastern part of the state who needed shelter.
UMR is committed to helping Florence’s victims and residents of NC for the long term. We aim to mobilize volunteers across North and South Carolina assist residents of North Carolina as they return to a sense of normalcy. UMR volunteers assist with cleanup, housing muckouts, and debris removal with a focus on vulnerable populations such as families with young children, elderly, people of color, and people with disabilities.
Your help is still needed to supply the NC residents with food, clothing, and household items that are essential to recovery and provide volunteers with proper safety equipment.

September 13, 2018

UMR is closely monitoring the changes of Hurricane Florence. As of 13 of September, Florence downgraded to a level 2 hurricane but remains to be a very dangerous storm. The hurricane has made landfall and rain and winds are expected to continue for days.

UMR staff is present on the ground in North Carolina, working closely with our community and UNCC chapter volunteers, and has established connections with the Raleigh Emergency Operation Center to provide aid when needed. We are assessing the needs of shelters in the Raleigh area and continue to work with the EOC and local partners to provide needed items such as bedding, hygiene kits, water, and other items as requested.

We are accepting volunteers to assist with Hurricane relief efforts in NC. If you are interested in volunteering, please register here. 

In 2017, UMR responded to Hurricanes Harvey (TX) and Irene (PR) by distributing water, health kits, food, and other basic supplies to communities affected by the disasters.

Please take the following steps to keep yourself and your family safe as directed by FEMA and Department of Homeland Security.

UMR’s mission is to provide comprehensive relief and development to underserved communities in the United States and around the world. By contributing to our emergency fund, you help us deliver services to individuals and communities impacted by disasters.

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September 12, 2018

UMR is closely monitoring Hurricane Florence’s intensification. As of 12 September, Florence threatens North Carolina,  parts of Virginia, Georgia, and South Carolina. Hurricane Florence will make landfall around noon on 13 September on the North Carolina coast. If located near the coast, today is the last good day to evacuate. News and weather forecast agencies have reported wind gusts up to 130 mph and risks of flooding, road blocks, and power outrages. 15-20 inches of rain is predicted. If you have need to evacuate, please note that traffic is being directed inland.

UMR is deploying staff to be present on the ground to remain on standby and coordinate community needs post hurricane. UMR has interfaced with volunteers on the East Coast including our UMR Chapters (university and community) at UNCC, George Mason, among others. In addition, we have contacted our national partners, the Red Cross, FEMA, and NC government agencies in regards to potential response efforts. We are leveraging our resources for assisting people affected by the hurricane. We urge individuals to remain in their homes and wait until after the storm before taking action. We are accepting volunteers to assist with Hurricane relief efforts in NC. If you are interested in volunteering, please register here. 

In 2017, UMR responded to Hurricanes Harvey (TX) and Irene (PR) by distributing water, health kits, food, and other basic supplies to communities affected by the disasters.

Please take the following steps to keep yourself and your family safe as directed by FEMA and Department of Homeland Security. We continue to monitor Hurricane Florence’s path at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and recommend you do the same.

UMR’s mission is to provide comprehensive relief and development to underserved communities in the United States and around the world. By contributing to our emergency fund, you help us deliver services to individuals and communities impacted by disasters.

For more news and updates please follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

September 11, 2018

UMR is closely monitoring Hurricane Florence’s intensification. As of 11 September, Florence is headed right towards NC, VA, and the Washington DC metro area. News and weather forecast agencies have reported wind gusts up to 140 mph and risks of flooding, road blocks, and power outrages. 15-20 inches of rain is predicted.

UMR has interfaced with volunteers on the East Coast including our UMR Chapters (university and community) at UNCC, George Mason, among others. In addition, we have contacted our national partners, the Red Cross, FEMA, and NC government agencies in regards to potential response efforts. We are leveraging our resources for assisting people affected by the hurricane.

In 2017, UMR responded to Hurricanes Harvey (TX) and Irene (PR) by distributing water, health kits, food, and other basic supplies to communities affected by the disasters.

Please take the following steps to keep yourself and your family safe as directed by FEMA and Department of Homeland Security. We continue to monitor Hurricane Florence’s path at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and recommend you do the same.

UMR’s mission is to provide comprehensive relief and development to underserved communities in the United States and around the world. By contributing to our emergency fund, you help us deliver services to individuals and communities impacted by disasters.

For more news and updates please follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

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