Hurricane Florence Update
NC Baptists on Mission/NCBM and our friends from sister states have 9 large mobile kitchens that are serving more than 50,000 hot meals every day to people affected by Hurricane Florence. These 9 kitchens are serving in New Bern (NC), Jacksonville (KY), Wilmington (NC), Lumberton (NC), Kinston (TN), Hope Mills (AL), Wallace (MO), Whiteville (FL) and Bolivia (MS). 200 Red Cross ERV’s (and Salvation Army Canteens) are working out of our 9 big mobile kitchens. So far, 800,000 HOT meals have been prepared and served from these 9 kitchens.
All of these big kitchens also have recovery operations working out of them. We are doing chainsaw, mud-outs, tear-outs, shockwave/sanitation, tarps on roofs. We have also set up additional Recovery Sites in a number of areas and have invited our sister state conventions to send recovery teams to either work with us or set up their own sites in parts of our state. Our large Recovery Sites with Site Coordinators include: New Bern, Lumberton, Wilmington, Morehead City, Cape Carteret, Laurinburg, Warsaw, Scott’s Hill, Pender County, Wallace, Shallotte, Bunn Level, Red Springs, Elizabethtown and others are being added soon. So far, 500 recovery jobs have been completed. More than 1500 jobs are still open and we need lots of tear out volunteers/teams. We are so thankful for our friends who have come to help us!
We are also distributing cleaning supplies, non-perishable items/canned food, diapers, baby formula, etc. to more than 20 different Distribution sites from our warehouse in Red Springs.
Long Term Response
This disaster is so big that it will require a long term rebuild response to help get many people back in their homes. We are planning on setting up three different rebuild center sites where we can house and feed many volunteers who will be working on homes. We plan to manage the rebuilding of homes from these “rebuilding hubs”. This will be a long term response that may take 2-3 years and require thousands of volunteers to help get many people back in their homes.
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