Hurricane Florence has passed and the rain and wind have stopped. After making landfall on September 14th, Florence broke tropical storm records by producing more than 20 inches of rainfall in South Carolina and 35 inches in North Carolina. Preliminary information suggests that 8,000 to 10,000 homes were destroyed or suffered major damage due to this Category 1 storm.
The Red Cross has mobilized to provide shelter, food, and emergency support to people affected by Florence. In total, the Red Cross has provided about 92% of the 123,000 overnight stays at emergency shelters in the Carolinas. Red Cross disaster workers, about 94% of them volunteers, have served more than 1.51 million meals and snacks and have distributed more than 299,500 relief items. These items include cleanup kits, rakes, shovels, bleach, garbage bags and more to begin the re-building process.
With the help of the Red Cross weather app, more than 5.2 million alerts have been sent out warning people of the massive amounts of rain and dangerous flooding. These alerts have helped people in affected areas make life-saving decisions. Also, since the effects of the storm are more than just physical, about 45,600 contacts have been made by volunteer mental health and health services professionals to provide support to survivors.
The Red Cross will continue to provide support to people affected by Hurricane Florence, just as we are still helping people who were affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in 2017.
After these three historic back-to-back hurricanes hit parts of the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, the Red Cross launched wide-ranging relief efforts. As with the response to Florence, the Red Cross provided overnight stays in emergency shelters; food; and hygiene and cleanup items.
Now, over a year later, we continue to help communities recover. The Red Cross is working to aid thousands of households whose homes the Federal Emergency Management Agency confirmed have been destroyed or severely damaged. We’ve committed millions of dollars to recovery efforts.
The American Red Cross is continuing to assist communities affected by Harvey, Irma, and Maria and will do the same for those affected by Hurricane Florence as they move forward. It takes time for people to heal, rebuild and recover, and the Red Cross is working with community partners to bring that day closer.
If you would like to donate to help those affected by disasters large and small, please visit the Red Cross Donation Website. The Red Cross honors donor intent, so your donation will be used as you designate it on this page or in the memo line of your check. If you would like to read more about Hurricane Florence or how the Red Cross is continuing to aid those affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria please visit The Red Cross Hurricane Relief Page.