Hurricane Florence Recovery

Hurricane Florence ReliefOn September 13, Hurricane Florence slammed into the southern coast of North Carolina, forcing evacuation orders for 1.7 million residents in three states. Storm surges, flooding and 90 mph winds left more than 500,000 without power and led to at least 48 deaths. Damages from the storm are estimated at close to $40 billion.

Tens of thousands have been left homeless, forced into emergency shelters. More than a million residents in three states were ordered evacuated, and tens of thousands were forced into emergency shelters. The city of Wilmington, NC was completely cut off, with all roads leading into the town underwater. Since landfall, the storm has caused catastrophic flash flooding and major river floods throughout North and South Carolina.

The true impact of the storm will not be known for some time. Affected residents and communities face tremendous immediate needs, and they undoubtedly face a long and difficult recovery.

The list below contains links to information and local resources for those affected as well as to organizations providing immediate and long-term relief. It will be updated as more information and resources are available.


  • The American Red Cross is providing emergency shelters, supplies and vehicles and mobilizing thousands of disaster workers in communities affected by the storm.
  • Team Rubicon is providing rescue and recovery equipment in communities along the coast and activating nearly 10,000 volunteers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia to assist with response efforts.
  • Operation USA is providing emergency supplies, medical equipment and other support while assessing long-term relief needs for communities affected by the storm.
  • Americares is providing emergency medicine, supplies and other humanitarian aid for victims of the hurricane.

North Carolina

  • The North Carolina Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund supports programs that help hurricane victims in impacted communities throughout the state.
  • Foundation for the Carolinas’ Hurricane Florence Response Fund provides relief funds to nonprofits providing support and recovery aid to those affected by the storm.
  • The Outer Banks Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund supports programs that provide emergency food, shelter, supplies and health care to hurricane victims in the Outer Banks/Dare County region.
  • ReadyNC offers information for what to do in the aftermath of  the storm, along with links to evacuation and government recovery agencies.
  • FEMA provides immediate and long-term assistance for those who have been affected by the hurricane.
  • The North Carolina Department of Public Safety offers links to evacuation information, food assistance, public shelters and storm recovery help.

South Carolina

  • The Central Carolina Community Foundation’s One SC Fund provides relief and recovery assistance to individuals and communities state-wide that have been affected by the storm.
  • The Coastal Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund offers immediate and long-term relief for hurricane victims in Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton and Jasper Counties.
  • The Waccamaw Community Foundation’s WCF Disaster Relief Fund provides emergency assistance to impacted communities in Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg Counties.
  • The South Carolina Hurricane Guide offers comprehensive information and resources in English and Spanish on emergency preparedness, disaster survival and recovery and relief.
  • FEMA provides immediate and long-term assistance for those who have been affected by the hurricane.

When supporting relief organizations, consider marking your gift as general operating support. By doing so, you enable the organization to both respond to current disasters and be prepared for those that may arise in the future. Visit CCF’s disaster giving page for more tips on how to maximize your impact when giving to disaster relief.

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