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Hurricane Florence

STATUS
Active Emergency
DATE
September 12, 2018 -Present
REGION
U.S. East Coast
Credit:Photo by Alex Wroblewski

Hurricane Florence

With Florence delivering a major blow to the Carolinas, we deployed an emergency team to North Carolina in advance of the storm, and we are coordinating with local clinics and national emergency response partners for this very large scale disaster. Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wilmington, NC, as a dangerous Category 1 storm of enormous size, bringing life-threatening storm surges, torrential inland rainfall and catastrophic flooding. The storm has already produced several fatalities as it moved slowly and delivered historic rainfall. Tens of thousands of homes have been damaged by the flooding and some communities have been cut of as roads have been closed with many rivers and streams still rising above flood stage. Americares response team is working to meet immediate needs in the affected communitiies, delivering emergency medicines and relief supplies, including supplies for displaced families, as well as support to damaged health clinics. 

Relief Effort Underway

As the flooding from Florence continues to overwhelm the Carolinas, Americares emergency response team in North Carolina is delivering essential medicines and relief supplies for families evacuated for Hurricane Florence. The response team was in Raleigh Saturday morning packing a shipment of hygiene products including toothpaste, soap, shampoo and adult diapers for a medical shelter in Clayton, N.C.

“Federal officials contacted us requesting supplies for a shelter housing 200 people with serious medical needs,” said Americares Emergency Response Specialist Tom Cotter, who is leading the team in North Carolina. “As we head out today into hard-hit communities we expect to identify more needs and deliver more supplies.” 

A shipment of 1,400 first aid kits and 800 hygiene kits left Americares distribution center in Stamford, CT, early in the morning destined for North Carolina. Multiple shipments of hygiene and first aid kits have been prepared in Americares Stamford headquarters for distribution in hard hit areas. 

Our History

Americares has professional relief workers ready to respond to disasters at a moment’s notice and stocks emergency medicine and supplies in its warehouses in the U.S., Europe and India that can be delivered quickly in times of crisis. The organization has a long history of responding to emergencies in the U.S., including hurricanes Sandy,  HarveyIrma, and Maria. and the 2018 California wildfires.

Americares responds to an average of 30 natural disasters and humanitarian crises worldwide each year, establishes long-term recovery projects and brings disaster preparedness programs to vulnerable communities.

Should Americares raise funds in excess of what's needed to respond to this particular crisis, the funds will be redirected to where the need is greatest.