Updated: September 17, 2018, 2:45pm
Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a tropical depression, began its second week of flooding that has cut off entire cities and towns and caused major destruction. Florence has been a major threat to life and property and will continue to be into the coming week as both North and South Carolina experiences historic flooding, widespread power outages and continued evacuations and rescues.
States of emergency have been declared in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.
INFORMATION & RESOURCES FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY THE STORM
For important safety information (evacuation orders, routes, etc.) and information on local services (shelters, supplies, etc.), the best resources are the 2-1-1 centers and emergency management agencies in the affected states. To locate the contact information for any 2-1-1, visit www.211.org or text FLORENCE to 898-211. Listed below is the contact information for the 2-1-1 centers, as well as the emergency management departments, serving the three states expected to be most impacted by the storm.
Coastal Evacuation Routes
Open Gas Stations
The Gas Buddy website (https://www.gasbuddy.com/), which also has an app, lets drivers search for and compare gas prices. Users can search to see if gas stations in their area have fuel and power. Gas Buddy is currently offering updates online on gas outages in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
CONTACTING LOVED ONES AFFECTED BY THE STORM
American Red Cross Tools
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Individuals, regardless of where they reside, can help those affected by Hurricane Florence. After a disaster, financial donations are the quickest and best way to get help to the people who need it most. Cash donations allow organizations to take advantage of wholesale purchase pricing and be flexible to adjust purchases to meet changing needs. Unsolicited donations of goods often do not align with the needs on-the-ground. Listed below are resources to connect with in order to make a financial donation, donate blood, or volunteer.
Make A Donation
Important information about charitable giving: The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has tips for avoiding phishing scams from individuals attempting to pose as legitimate charity organizations. Click here for more information. The Better Business Bureau of Central New England offers tips to donors on avoiding scammers and donating money to legitimate disaster relief organizations. Click here for more information. Consumers may file a complaint regarding a charity at firstname.lastname@example.org, and charities with registration questions may email the department at email@example.com. or call (860) 713-6100 and Toll-Free in CT at (800) 842-2649.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & RESOURCES
FEMA: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has an app that provides information including National Weather Center updates, safety information and where to find emergency shelters. For more information, visit https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-florence.
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH): The Disaster Distress Helpline 800-985-5990 provides immediate crisis counseling and help to individuals nationwide who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of a natural or man-made disaster, or incidents of mass violence. The Helpline is available 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. The Helpline connects callers to professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the nationwide network of centers. The Helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals and other needed support services. Individuals can call or text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746.
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SOURCES: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), American Red Cross, and National Hurricane Center
PREPARED BY: 211/mm
CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: September2018