Although Hurricane Florence weakened to a Category 2 hurricane before making landfall on the east coast, the storm has still dumped more than 30 inches of rain on parts of the Carolinas since last Thursday. Flooding quickly became the greatest concern and led to more than 30 deaths, plus thousands of homes destroyed. With officials still in crisis mode, this is not the time to go to the Carolinas to try and help. Instead, consider providing these other forms of assistance:
- PRAYER: Pray for those who have lost loved ones, pets, homes, businesses, and belongings due to Hurricane Florence. Pray also for first responders and government officials who must make life and death decisions.
- DONATIONS: Give to UMCOR's U.S. Disaster Response online here. 100% of these funds go directly to fund disaster relief efforts in the U.S.
- FLOOD BUCKETS: You and your church can get involved by creating cleaning kits that will be used to help hurricane victims begin cleaning up their homes. Instructions can be found here.
- GET TRAINED: Attend the next Early Response Team training on October 6 so that you can be ready to respond when teams are requested by officials in the Carolinas. More information can be found here.
If you feel compelled to act in a more concrete way, there are other disaster sites across the U.S. that need your help now! Opportunities can be found on the West Ohio disaster response web page. As always, thank you for the many ways you respond to disasters all around the world!