HURRICANE FLORENCE: Resources & Information

General Hurricane Recovery Information | Donations | Food Assistance | Rights for Tenants & Immigrants | Medicaid | Shelter | Disaster Unemployment Assistance | Volunteer Coordination | Resources for Business After Disaster


GENERAL HURRICANE RECOVERY INFORMATION

RebuildNC

A Just Florence Recovery
In the wake of Hurricane Florence, the Durham Solidarity Center and Southern Vision Alliance, Blueprint NC, Environmental Justice Network, and Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), among other grassroots groups, have partnered to organize distribution centers to bring relief supplies and repair crews to parts of Eastern NC.

Operation Airdrop: A Just Florence Recovery
A grassroots group in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina providing frontline support in conjunction with Operation Airdrop to deliver supplies to victims of Hurricane Florence. CLICK HERE for list of urgently needed items for hurricane relief efforts.

Legal Aid of North Carolina Disaster Relief


Eastern North Carolina Hurricane Recovery Fund
This fund supports groups that do not have the capacity to receive online donations but are already providing leadership and offering direct services to those bearing the brunt of economic and environmental devastation in the region.

North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund
The NC Disaster Relief Fund is accepting contributions for Hurricane Florence damage. Contributions will help with immediate unmet needs of Hurricane Florence victims. Make your contribution online by secure link or text "Florence" to 20222.

Food Bank of Eastern and Central NC: Virtual Food Drive
Support throughout disaster relief efforts provides essential meals for hungry neighbors. Once disaster relief and recovery needs have been met, remaining funds and food will be used to support ongoing hunger-relief efforts. 

North Carolina Network of Grantmakers
NCNG is compiling information and resources related to the philanthropic response in the state. This page will be updated as new information is received.


FOOD ASSISTANCE

The NC Department of Health and Human Services announced two new flexibilities for people and families in the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) program to help those affected by Hurricane Florence. These temporary flexibilities will apply to all 100 counties and the more than 600,000 households enrolled in the FNS program.

  • North Carolinians in the FNS program will be able to purchase hot food, including food prepared for immediate consumption, from authorized Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) retailers using their EBT card. This change is effective until October 31. Customers should inquire first with the store to see if they can process hot food purchases. It is important to note this is for authorized retailers, not restaurants.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture also approved a waiver to allow extended time for SNAP participants to submit claims for food lost in the disaster. Affected households in North Carolina now have until October 15 to report food losses and request replacement benefits so they can purchase food to make up for what was lost in the storm.

For more information on FNS assistance during times of disaster, visit www.fns.usda.gov/disaster. North Carolina residents may also call 211 for information about hurricane relief and assistance resources

New Flexibilites for People in the WIC Program (NC Department of Health & Human Services)


RIGHTS FOR TENANTS, IMMIGRANTS and FARMWORKERS

Rights of Tenants After a Natural Disaster
What are your rights and responsibilities under North Carolina law if you are a tenant and your rental property is damaged by a natural disaster?
Derechos de Inquilinos Después de un Desastre Natural
¿Cuáles son sus derechos y responsabilidades bajo la ley de Carolina de Norte si la propiedad que usted alquila está dañada por un desastre natural?

FEMA Benefits for Immigrants and Tenants. Information for how North Carolinians impacted by Hurricane Florence, with any immigration status or no status at all, qualify for emergency and short-term assistance provided by FEMA
Beneficios de FEMA para Inmigrantes y Inquilinos

Conozca sus derechos: Trabajadores de H2A en Carolina del Norte durante el huracán Florence (Legal Aid of North Carolina)

Resources for Farmworkers Affected by Hurricane Florence (Legal Aid of North Carolina)
Recursos para los Trabajadores Agricolas Efectados por el Huracan Florence

Mortgage Payment Assistance (North Carolina Housing Finance Agency). North Carolinians are eligible for mortgage assistance if unemployed becuse of the storm.


MEDICAID ASSISTANCE

North Carolina Medicaid and NC Health Choice Services: Beneficiaries (NC Department of Health and Human Services). It can be challenging to get the health care you need if you or your community has been affected by Hurricane Florence. To help, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has made temporary changes to the Medicaid and NC Health Choice programs so that it is faster and easier to get the services you need

Increased Flexibility to Deliver North Carolina Medicaid and NC Health Choice Services (NC Department of Health and Human Services)


SHELTER

Shelter Locations and Information (NC Department of Public Safety)


DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE

Information on Hurricane Florence and Disaster Unemployment Assistance (NC Division of Employment Security). Workers who are or may become unemployed due to Hurricane Florence may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Ten additional NC counties have been declared for DUA. Individuals unemployed in the designated counties because of Florence have until October 17 to apply.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance: How Workers Can Access the Program After Hurricane Florence (National Employment Law Project)


VOLUNTEER COORDINATION

NC DPS Emergency Management

NC Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (NCVOAD)

Hurricane Florence Response and Recovery: How You Can Help (NC Department of Health and Human Services)


RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES AFTER DISASTER

Carolina Small Business Fund provides low-interest loans to businesses affected by the storm. The fund provides gap financing as a complement to Small Business Administration and other disaster recovery programs.

NC Rural Center. Rapid Recovery Loans for businesses and farms in the immediate aftermath of the storm—accepting loan applications for six-month interest free loans (up to $50,000) beginning the week of 9/24. 

U.S. Small Business Administration Officer of Disaster Assistance provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, inventory, and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster.