Our Mission Advisory Team has approved sending $10,000, from a restricted flood relief fund, immediately toward flood relief through the Red Cross and Samaritan's Purse Disaster Relief to aid our neighbors affected by Hurricane Florence flooding. Below are updates from the Red Cross and Samaritan’s Purse regarding relief efforts.
Read this Guide to Christ Presbyterian Disaster Relief to answer any additional questions you may have regarding our funding of disaster relief.
From the Red Cross
A week after Hurricane Florence made landfall, thousands of people in the Carolinas still face immediate danger from devastating river flooding. Hundreds of roads are still impassable, making it difficult to deliver much needed assistance.
Here is how your support makes a difference:
Thousands of Red Cross volunteers are on the ground now helping to operate shelters, assess the damage, deliver food, distribute relief supplies, support disaster health needs and provide emotional support. More workers are standing by to help as rivers slowly go down.
The National Guard, U.S. Army and Air National Guard are all helping to transport disaster workers, relief supplies and urgently needed blood products via helicopters and high-water vehicles to isolated shelters and a hospital in the region.
The Red Cross is working with dozens of disaster relief partners including AmeriCorps NCCC, Church of the Brethren Children’s Disaster Services, Save the Children, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and The Salvation Army.
Since the storm made landfall, the Red Cross and other organizations have provided more than 100,000 overnight stays across the Carolinas and Virginia. The Red Cross has provided 91 percent of these stays.
More than 140 emergency response vehicles have been mobilized, as well as more than 110 trailers of equipment and supplies, including meals and enough cots and blankets for more than 100,000 people.
From Samaritan’s Purse
SAMARITAN'S PURSE has established three relief bases in Eastern North Carolina in response to Florence’s powerful punch. The storm made landfall on September 14 as a Category 1 hurricane—bringing sustained 90MPH winds and heavy rains. Flooding continues.
We praise God our volunteers have already been able to serve many homeowners in Jesus’ Name. We’ve received nearly 2,000 work orders from the three sites, nearly 1,500 volunteers have helped more than 130 families, and 13 people have made decisions to follow Jesus Christ. Please continue to pray for homeowners, emergency workers, and our staff and volunteers as needs pour in from surrounding communities.
The death toll attributed to the storm has grown to 44, and river levels continue to rise in portions of the Carolinas.