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Hurricane Florence

The Corporation for National and Community Service has activated nearly 500 members of the AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team (A-DRT), including FEMA Corps for immediate response. These teams have been pre-staged and put on standby for rapid deployment.

Updates on the agency's efforts, including future AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team deployments and volunteer opportunities, will be posted here when available.

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For state-specific information on donations, volunteers, or disaster assistance, please visit the following for current hurricane information.


Download the FEMA app, sign up for text updates, and get more up-to-date resources at FEMA.gov.

FEMA Resources


Stay Safe

  • Let first responders do their job. Stay off the roads, beaches, and waterways. Use VHF Channel 16, or call 911 for emergency needs.
  • Text, don’t call. During an emergency, phones lines may be overwhelmed. To let your loved ones know you are safe, send a text or use social media instead.
  • Stay informed. Turn on your TV or radio, or check your city or county website for weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Save power. If the power goes out, turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics. Power may return with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can cause damage. Only use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery outdoors and away from windows.
  • Prepare for power outages. Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting, and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to check food temperature when the power is restored.
  • Move to High Floors. If trapped in a building by flooding, go to the highest level of the building. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising flood water.
  • Turn Around. Don’t Drown! Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

Find an emergency shelter near you. Text "Shelter" and your zip code to 43362. Standard message and data rates apply.

Evacuations: If you are in the path of Hurricane #Florence, listen to local officials for evacuation orders. If you need a safe place to go, text SHELTER and your zip code (i.e. SHELTER 12345) to 4FEMA (43362) to locate an open emergency shelter near you.You can also look up shelters on the FEMA App

Respond

Although the need is great, and the desire to help strong in times of disaster Although the need is great, and desire to help strong in times of disaster, it is important to avoid donating material goods or self-deploying to volunteer.  The first priority is to make sure communities are safe and public officials and disaster relief organizations have had an opportunity to assess the damage and identify what the specific needs are.  Once that happens, it is the generous spirit of residents, nonprofits organizations, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, private sector partners, and governmental agencies and partners working in a coordinated effort that will most effectively and efficiently help those impacted by Hurricane Florence. Please listen to your local officials.

Here are some reminders about what to do when a disaster strikes:

  • Do not self-deploy as a volunteer to a disaster area. We know you want to help, but food, water, shelter, and transportation are at a premium and the first priority is making sure that first responders and local residents get what they need.
  • Sign up before you show up. If you are able to volunteer, make sure to find an organization and sign up. Capacity is stretched during disasters and you need to make sure that you can be utilized. 
  • Donate cash. What most communities need is cash, not things. Find a reputable organization that is supporting the disaster response and recovery and contribute. They can buy what they need and not have to worry about sorting and storing donations, especially when storage facilities may be damaged or being used to shelter people. Here are some national disaster response organizations you may want to consider.
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