Hurricane Florence

In 2018, CNCS activated nearly 500 members of the AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team (A-DRT), including FEMA Corps for immediate response. These teams were pre-staged and put on standby for rapid deployment.

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For state-specific information on donations, volunteers, or disaster assistance, please visit the following for current hurricane information.

 


Prepare

  • Please follow the direction of your local authorities.
  • Let first responders do their job. Stay off the roads, beaches, and waterways. Use VHF Channel 16, or call 911 for emergency needs.
  • Text, don’t call. During an emergency, phones lines may be overwhelmed. Let your loved ones know you are safe via text or social media.
  • Stay informed. Turn on your TV or radio, or check your city or county website for weather updates and emergency instructions.

To learn more about how you can practice safety, help your neighbors, and assist impacted communities, visit our website and Ready.gov.


Respond

Although the need is great and desire to help is strong in times of disaster, do no self-deploy to volunteer. And do not send donated goods until asked by an organization or other entity involved in coordinated efforts.

The first priority is community safety. Once public officials and disaster relief organizations have assessed the damage and identified specific needs, residents, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, private sector partners, governmental agencies, and partners will work in coordinated effort to deliver the most effective and efficient response and let you know how you can assist. 

  • Do not self-deploy as a volunteer to a disaster area.
  • Sign up before you show up. If you would like to volunteer, look up different relief organizations and sign up on their website. 
  • Donate cash. Most communities need cash, not things. Choose a National Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster and contribute.
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