Carolinas – UCC Response – Hurricane Florence
September 19, 2018
Hurricane Florence, although weakened into a Tropical Storm, continues to caused catastrophic flooding including prolonged significant river flooding, to the Carolina coast and even inland. Rainfall totaled 40 inches in three days in some areas.
More than a million Carolinians were ordered to evacuate, with 10 million in warning or watch areas. North Carolina’s governor termed Florence “extremely dangerous, life threatening, historic.”
The UCC’s Response
UCC Disaster Ministries continues to monitor the situation unfolding with Florence and several other hurricanes, including four more named storms in the Atlantic and Super Typhoon Mangkhut in the Pacific. We are in communications with FEMA, National VOAD, partners, UCC Conferences and Conference Disaster Coordinators.
The widespread impact from these storms has prompted UCC Disaster Ministries to establish a 2018 Hurricane Relief response that will allow us to expand our current capacities and respond through our established networks and partners in the threatened regions, states and territories.
We provide assistance in natural disasters through financial assistance and, more importantly, with volunteers who assist to facilitate rebuilding efforts. The ministry provides financial assistance through participation in the work of the long-term recovery committees that exist at the county level.
Skilled and unskilled volunteers assist with clean up and repairs from roofing to debris removal. By using volunteers, we are able to help communities in leveraging limited financial resources that are available following disasters.
Our recovery efforts date back to the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, include the tornados of 2006 and 2007, the flooding caused by Tropical Storm Fay in 2008, the 2009 Memorial Day floods, the tornados throughout the summer of 2009, and pretty much every natural disaster affecting the Southeast United States to the present day, including flooding in Louisiana, West Virginia, the Carolinas and the Tampa Bay area and Hurricane Matthew recovery effortson Central Florida’s East Coast, as well as Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, in 2016. With a projected 3-5 year recovery time, there are residents in parts of Florida that still need help to rebuild their homes and lives. We need volunteers in a number of communities.
In addition, along with the national setting of the United Church of Christ, we’ve supported recovery efforts related to typhoons in the Philippines, earthquakes in Ecuador, Nepal and Italy, and countless other natural disasters over the years.
Additional information is available from Rev. Alan Coe, email@example.com.