Coordination Webinar: September 20, 2018
Hurricane Florence's path of destruction has left flooding, power outages, and displaced communities. As we begin to see the full effect of Florence and continue the response and recovery process, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation held a webinar on Thursday, September 20 providing an update from the North Carolina Governor, FEMA, NC Chamber, the Wilmington NC Chamber, Team Rubicon, and others who are on the ground responding. This briefing was provided to the business community to learn more about the situation on the ground and hear how the private sector can support the recovery efforts.
Coordination Webinar: September 12, 2018
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation hosted a coordination webinar prior to Florence making landfall along the East Coast. The webinar featured speakers from The Weather Channel and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This briefing provided an update for the private sector and impacted communities.
Recovery Tools and Resources
The Chamber Foundation is here to support communities as they prepare for and recover from Hurricane Florence. See below for resources to follow as you begin the recovery process.
- Disaster Help Desk—provides small businesses, local chambers of commerce, and business-support organizations with simple and fast information about preparing for and surviving major disasters. Call 1-888-MY-BIZ-HELP (888-692-4943) to get help in navigating the recovery process from disaster recovery experts.
- Disaster Recovery Quick Guides—made possible by Shell, has tailored tips for small businesses and chambers looking to prepare and recover.
- Resilience in a Box—Developed in partnership with the UPS Foundation, this guide helps educate business leaders on disaster preparedness and business resilience.
- Airlink's Florence response is currently being supported by Alaska Airlines and United Airlines.
- Together, the airlines have supported 54 flights for disaster responders working in North and South Carolina.
- Airlink and its airline partners are supporting 12 humanitarian relief organizations as of today, September 20th. The organizations are working on emergency medical assistance, providing hot meals to those displaced by the storm, clearing debris, and re-establishing connectivity in the region.
Learn more about the current response by ALAN.
CDC and ATSDR staff are working to support the local, state, and federal response to public health needs resulting from Hurricane Florence.
Good360 pre-positioned and distributed critically needed product in strategic locations in the southeast. They are ready with needed goods for all stages of the recovery process and are prepared to deploy those goods via their trusted nonprofit and response agency partners who are on the ground.
Current needs include:
- Personal Care Items
- Hygiene Products
- Safety Equipment
- Dish detergent
- Laundry soap
- Work boots
- Work gloves
- Hard hats
- N95 respirators
- Tyvek Suits
- Child care facility needs: cubbies, desks, rugs, books, diapers, wipes
As of September 18, International Medical Corps is now treating patients in Morehead City, in southeastern North Carolina. This community was cut off by Hurricane Florence’s catastrophic floodwaters. Though the flooding has subsided, the only hospital in Morehead City—Carteret County—is overwhelmed with an influx of patients suffering from skin diseases, physical injuries, psychological trauma and more. Despite renewed access in some rural areas like Morehead City, many towns remain extremely difficult to reach due the flooding. International Medical Corps continues to work hand-in-hand with the state authorities to provide medical care where and when it’s needed most.
Regarding the significant health concerns resulting from Florence, our U.S. Emergency Response Lead, Trevor Rhodes, states, “During and in the immediate aftermath of the flooding, people face many health concerns due to exposure to bacteria and dirty water. There are...hazards underfoot that you can’t see that cause lower-extremity injuries, as well as skin diseases and rashes that occur.” Click to see and hear the latest regarding the situation on the ground.
Habitat for Humanity International is currently in touch with its local Habitat organizations to evaluate the level of damage and their ability to respond. As water recedes and access to some of the heavily impacted areas is possible, Habitat will have a better understanding of the storm’s impact on Habitat homeowners and low income communities. After these initial assessments, Habitat will be able to identify its response plans. Early estimates are that a quarter million homes in North Carolina will be affected by Florence. Habitat is committed to creating a long-term recovery plan that will address shelter and housing needs in impacted communities. Habitat’s ability to respond will depend on available resources and our recovery plan will be tailored to each area’s specific needs. To learn more about Habitat’s response to Hurricane Florence, please visit .
SBP has deployed two teams (AmeriCorps and staff) to support immediate needs in North and South Carolina. They will conduct mucking, gutting and mold remediation in communities that need it most, and then will quickly move to rebuilding work when the time is right. To date, SBP has rebuilt 1,547 homes nationally after disaster.
National VOAD, an association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters, provides a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration; and fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster.
directly as they have identified unmet needs from their local partners.