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wake county shelter 2Hurricane Florence is having a devastating impact on our state, particularly in eastern North Carolina. As we go to press, Wilmington, NC has been cut off from land access, and many await rescue amid rising flood waters in Lumberton, Fayetteville, New Bern, and other eastern cities. As many cope with displacement, loss, grief, and uncertainty, we’re bringing you this list of resources to support children through a disaster. If your organization is conducting relief work, or needs assistance to get operations back online, please let us know by commenting on this post, by email, or tag NC Child on Facebook or Twitter.  

Sincere thanks to Elizabeth Hudgins, executive director of the NC Pediatric Society, for compiling many of these resources.

How to Donate and Volunteer to Support Florence Survivors

Local agencies are most in need of cash donations right now to weather this disaster. However, if you are safe and have high-priority items to donate including non-perishable food items, diapers, and personal care items, Triangle residents can donate at the locations below. Before you go, please review the organizations’ wish lists to avoid overwhelming agencies with items they can’t sort or use immediately.

Info from the American Academy of Pediatrics: This includes information on floods, which is one of the major problems associated with this record rainfall.

More Resources for Families & Caregivers

Resources for Recognizing & Coping with Children’s Trauma, from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Volunteer Info for Clinicians:  

Clinicians who want to volunteer their skills to help affected areas can sign up with the American Red Cross. Clinicians may also want to contact their local hospital to inquire about opportunities to support the hurricane response and recovery. For doctors and PAs from other states who are interested in volunteering, the NC Medical Board just passed an emergency policy to process temporary licenses during a disaster or State of Emergency. Learn more.

General Hurricane Safety Resources

Resources in Additional Languages:

 

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