Hurricane Florence was the third hurricane and the first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. Florence made landfall the morning of Friday, September 14, near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, as a Category 1 storm. Large swaths of the Carolinas have been in the storm’s path and have been severely affected. With a historic rainfall of 24 inches, the storm has been responsible for thirty-six fatalities. In addition, property damage to individuals and businesses as well as public structures is estimated to be well over ten billion dollars. The storm will lead to disruptions for months to come and continues to pose potentially life-threatening conditions.
First responders and relief agencies are positioned to help. You can assist with their efforts through these organizations.
- Catholic Charities USA. CCUSA deploys disaster response experts to support local Catholic Charities agencies in their work providing direct assistance to affected communities and individuals, and responding to long-term recovery needs. To make a financial donation, visit CCUSA’s Hurricane Florence relief website or text 71777 to donate.
- Diaper Bank of North Carolina. The Diaper Bank provides diapers as well as children’s underwear, toilet paper, and feminine hygiene products to families in shelters. You can donate specific items from their Amazon Wishlist. Click here.
- Donors Choose just launched a Hurricane Florence recovery effort to support damaged public schools. Donors Choose is asking teachers and the public to report damaged schools. Donors Choose is also staying in touch with corporate and foundation partners who have supported schools in this area in the past, and is ready to accept pledges from them. To donate visit donations.
- The North Carolina Disaster Relief Fundis accepting contributions for Hurricane Florence relief. Contributions will help with storm victims’ immediate unmet needs. You can donate online here, or simply text “Florence” to 20222 to make your donation. You can also mail your contribution to North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund, 20312 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699.
Other charities supporting Hurricane Florence relief efforts include:
We pray for all those affected by this devastating storm and the first responders providing support and assistance.