12/9/18 Hurricane Florence Update
As of today, all big feeding kitchens have closed. At one time, we had 10 large kitchens providing food to Florence survivors at 10 different locations. A total of 1,057,623 HOT meals were prepared and served from these 10 kitchens. We are still feeding recovery volunteers.
Hurricane Florence is the most devastating natural disaster that our state has ever experienced (over 100,000 homes affected). We currently have a total of 6 sites that have recovery and/or rebuild operations working out of them (at one time we had 14 different sites). We are doing chainsaw, mud-outs, tear-outs, shockwave/sanitation and putting tarps on roofs and we have begun rebuilding homes. So far, over 4500 recovery jobs have been completed. More than 500 jobs are still open and we need lots of tear out volunteers/teams. We have started doing home rebuilds throug the STEP program. You do not need to be trained to help! We are so thankful for those 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 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 will take 2-3 years and require thousands of volunteers to help get many people back in their homes.
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