A Just Florence Recovery

JUST FLORENCE RECOVERY

Hurricane Florence

#JustRecoveryENC

North Carolina Frontline Support & Resources

This webpage is being continually updated and is serving as a central information source for frontline-to-frontline direct resource & support mobilization. It is currently being hosted by Another Gulf Is Possible in solidarity, support, and collaboration with our movement family who are in the midst of dealing with this climate disaster including North Carolina Climate Justice Collective, Blueprint NC, Working Films, NC WARN,  and Southern Vision Alliance, among others. 

WHERE TO DONATE MONEY

  • Men and Women United for Youth and Families provides economic and climate justice training for rural, low income communities and communities of color in Bladen, New Hanover and Columbus counties (in the area around Wilmington, NC).  They are now distributing supplies to families in the area.
  • Support the Port in Wilmington, NC aims to enhance, cultivate and provide a renewed sense of community ownership and excellence for underserved communities. Through the arts, philanthropy and scholarship, Support The Port Foundation, Inc. will increase self-ability, and foster a nonviolent environment where excellence in these three realms are celebrated and expanded.
  • The Downeast Coal Ash Coalition in Goldsboro, NC organizes community members who have been impacted by coal ash pollution; this area is at now at high risk of toxic contamination from flooding of the large coal ash impoundments in the area.  Send donations to the Rebuilding Broken Places, CDC.
  • Sacred Pathways is an indigenous organization in Pembroke, NC, focusing on emergency response and food distribution for the area. This region (Robeson County) was severely flooded during Hurricane Matthew 2 years ago, and continues to face ongoing environmental injustices such as the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and a proposed LNG station.  Give online by going to https://www.facebook.com/SacredPathway  or http://serve.uncp.edu/agency/detail/?agency_id=18937
  • The NC Environmental Justice Network supports the communities that are most impacted by environmental injustice and has worked for 20 years to change the fact that industrial swine facilities in NC are allowed to pollute low-income communities and communities of color. Many members of NCEJN are now facing the threat of contamination from the flooding of massive hog waste stored in open pits.
  • Black Workers for Justice BWFJ is an organization of Black workers formed in December of 1982 out of a struggle led by Black women workers at a K-mart store in Rocky Mount, North Carolina against race and gender discrimination.
  • FLOC FLOC organizes hundreds of new members each year, trains and educates thousands of farmworkers on their labor rights, resolve countless grievances on farms throughout Ohio and North Carolina, forms new community organizing committees, and expands the campaign to press tobacco companies to respect freedom of association.

Fund to support frontline communities in Eastern NC

About NC Hurricane Florence Frontline Fund host organization – Blueprint has been supporting Eastern NC leaders to build a regional table that centers black and working class people. With Florence’s devastating impact, Blueprint and ENC partners, community members and leaders will need help meeting basic necessities like food, water and shelter. This fund will support groups that do not have the capacity to receive online donations, but who are already providing leadership and offering direct services to those bearing the brunt of economic and environmental devastation in the region. 

RELIEF, RESPONSE & RECOVERY RESOURCES

Immediate local response and recovery efforts

Urgently needed donations for people in shelters.  Send to Attn: Adrienne Kennedy, 908 Hardin Rd, Lumberton NC 28358

Specific needs: 
Solar lights, toilet paper, paper towel, hand sanitizer stands and sanitizer, pillows, cots, air mattresses, ice packs, snack foods, generators, carry bags, quart size Ziploc bags.

DISTRIBUTION CENTERS

County Counties Served Location Address
Brunswick Brunswick and Pender 27 Old Town Creek Road, Leland NC 28451
Brunswick Brunswick and Pender 697 Old Ocean Hwy Supply NC
Columbus Whiteville 403 S M.L.K. Ave, Whiteville, NC 28472
Columbus Columbus, Chadbourn, Brunswick, Whiteville, Hallsboro, Clarkton, Bolton 15354 Sam Potts Hwy Bolton, NC
Columbus Columbus, Chadbourn, Brunswick, Whiteville, Hallsboro, Clarkton, Bolton, Evergreen 111Jarvis Street Tabor City NC
Columbus Columbus, Chadbourn, Brunswick, Whiteville, Hallsboro, Clarkton, Bolton, Evergreen 570 Red Bug Road Whiteville, NC
Columbus Columbus, Chadbourn, Brunswick, Whiteville, Hallsboro, Clarkton, Bolton, Evergreen 8818 Farmers Union Road Clarkton, NC
Columbus Columbus, Chadbourn, Brunswick, Whiteville, Hallsboro, Clarkton, Bolton, Evergreen Columbus County Airport,467 Airport Rd, Whiteville, NC 28472
Columbus Columbus, Bladen, New Hanover 44 Dream Ave, Delco, NC 28436
Craven 1909 Trent Blvd New Bern, NC
Cumberland 280 McCloskey Road, Fayetteville, NC 28311
Duplin Pender, Onslow, Jones 2389 W Wards Bridge Rd, Warsaw, NC 28398
Kinston Lenoir 1210 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd, Kinston NC 28501
Lenoir Lenoir Kinston Teens, 327 N. Queen Street, Kinston, NC 28501
New Hanover Wilmington 310 N Front St, Ste 4, Wilmington, NC 28401
New Hanover New Hanover 901 Fanning Street, Wilmington, NC
Onslow/ Jacksoville 301 Montford Lane, Jacksonville, NC 28546
Pitt Philipi Church of Christ; 3760 Philippi Dr, Greenville, NC
Robeson Lumberton, Rowland, Fairmont 908 Hardin Rd, Lumberton, NC 28358
Sampson First Baptist Church 900 College Street
Wayne Many throughout Eastern NC, focus in Duplin, Sampson, Wayne 4354 US Hwy 117-Alt S, Dudley, NC 28333

SUPPLY DRIVE DROP-OFF LOCATIONS

Eastern NC-Triangle+ Solidarity Drop Off Locations and Supplies List 

Hurricane Florence Triangle Donation Drop-Off Volunteer Form

County Drop off Site Location Address Hours for drop off
Wake County APRI/NC AFL-CIO 1408 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh NC 27601 12pm-4pm Monday thru Friday
Chapel Hill Zog’s Pool Bar 108 1/2 Henderson St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
3pm-11pm
Durham Fruit Warehouse 305 S Dillard St, Durham, NC 27701 Staffed from 10-6pm Monday thru Thursday, 2-6 pm Sunday drop off
Durham Durham Food Coop 1111 W Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701 5:00-9:00pm Saturday, Sunday 9:00 AM-9:00 PM

RESCUE EFFORTS

CAJUN NAVY

888-372-2586 (Cajun Navy Relief dispatch text + voicemail) — request help directly from Cajun Navy volunteers

CROWDSOURCE

ZELLO CHANNELS (get the app to connect):

When submitting your request for the rescue clearly state, text, or send your location to authorized admins and provide:

  • The complete address of the rescue location, and any information which would help rescuers find you
  • Contact phone number and your name
  • Number of people needing help and their condition

Does Zello work without cellular service or wifi?

No. You need need cellular or wifi in order for Zello to work.


WORDS OF ADVICE

  • Advice on how to be helpful to folks impacted by flooding
  • Advice on reaching out to family/friends who are dealing with flooding
  • Advice on addressing infant nutritional needs during emergencies
  • Advice on House Gutting
  • Lessons Learned Organizing After Hurricane Harvey (via West Street Recovery in Houston)
  • A Window Propped Open – Timelines of Hurricane Harvey (via West Street Recovery in Houston)
  • Here are some ideas how you can reach out to your flooded friends
    Remember they are going to feel uncomfortable being in such a position of need. It’s painful to go from being self sufficient one day to suddenly not having a pair of shoes with no car to go and buy some new ones. Try to see a need and fill it without asking “what can I do?” Flooded mamas are exhausted and overwhelmed and it’s hard to answer that question. If you are going to help a friend clean out their homes, see below for recovery supplies that would be useful to bring – a nice thing to consider is to bring fresh fruit and veggies washed and cut up – folks have likely been eating highly processed food out of bags and cans for days.
    Ideas for questions to ask:
    1. Does everyone in your family have shoes? If not, can I go pick some up? What size?
    2. Do you have anyone coming to help you cut out walls? If not, can I call a few water mitigation companies to get quotes for you?
    3. Do you have any laundry I can wash?
    4. I have hand-me-downs from my kids, what sizes would be helpful?
    5. Can I help arrange playdates for your kids?
    6. Do you have any medications you would like me to call about getting replaced?
    7. I’m making a trip to HEB today, please tell me 3 things I can pickup for you
    8. Can I pack a school lunch for your child this week?
    9. Is there anywhere I could give you a ride to?
    10. I’d like to take you to pickup your rental car. Please call me when it’s available.
    11. Please call me when you are ready for a ride home after you drop off your rental car.
    Check in with your friend a week or two later. There is a lot of help at the beginning. After a few weeks life goes back to normal for most, but flooded families are still trying to find a new normal and may be moving into apartments or juggling car research before a big purchase, etc.

 RECOVERY SUPPLIES NEEDED

If supplies are going to a large shelter, separate them into large categories (diapers, flood, medix). If supplies are going to be dispersed to individuals, arrange quick packs of needed items (toothbrush & paste, tampons, TP, water, protein bars)

If you are purchasing goods to bring down immediately, prioritize medical & personal. cleanup and household will be needed once water levels lower.

PERSONAL SUPPLIES

  • Basic toiletries – toothbrushes, toothpaste, period products (diva cups, pads, tampons etc), hair care, soap, lotion, talcum powder
  • Sleeping bags, pillows, blankets
  • Baby formula and baby food (MREs do not meet nutritional needs of infants), breast pumps, bottles, bottled water, diapers (cloth or disposable), carriers, strollers, car seats
  • Children’s toys, games, puzzles, cards, books, art supplies
  • Water
  • Nonperishable, high nutrient density food
  • New, seasonally appropriate clothes of all sizes (for humid, hot weather)
  • Wheelchairs, walkers, canes, catheters, alcohol wipes, and “diapers” for adults/larger kids with disabilities

MEDICAL SUPPLIES

herbal medicines/tinctures, vitamins, mosquito repellent,ice packs, catheters, colostomy bags, clean needles, bandages (especially the waterproof kinds, NexCare is a good brand), gauze, medical tape (plastic and paper), nitrate medical gloves, antiseptic cleaners, pain relief, sanitizer, tweezers, muscle pain relief balms/ointments, cold remedy (this is just a start. many medical donations would be helpful)

CLEAN UP SUPPLIES

  • Storage – plastic tubs, contractor bags, boxes, buckets, tarps, duct tape, sharpies
  • Work tools – especially for demolition: hammers, axes, shovels, crowbars, tarps, screwdrivers, drills, box cutters and extra blades, crowbars, screwdrivers, drills, wheelbarrows, wire cutters, ladders
  • Cleaning supplies – heavy duty respirator masks (n95 or better), knee high rubber/rain boots, rubber gloves and thick work gloves, bleach, mops, brooms, rakes, garbage bags (especially large contractor bags), sponges, towels, heavy duty paper towels
  • Mold remediation supplies – borax, tea tree oil or vinegar are herbal products that eliminate black mold, as well as commercial “mold control”/other concrobium/ specifically mold-remediation products which tend to go quickly in affected sites.
  • Pest Control Supplies- Fire Ant poison, Diatomaceous earth or other alternatives, Mosquito repellent,

HEALTH AND HOUSEHOLD SUPPLIES

  • Dehumidifiers, fans, flashlights, lanterns – especially solar powered
  • Solar power chargers, long-lasting/heavy duty/water-resistant power sticks, batteries of all kinds
  • Dog food and emergency pet supplies like leashes, flea medicine
  • Large coolers, large cooler bags
  • Relevant gift cards: Home Depot, Lowes, Target, IKEA, Walgreen’s, H.E.B.

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD REPORTING

NORTH CAROLINA

 

NATIONAL

  • EPA (National Response Center ) 
    • 1-800-424-8802

NC CLIMATE JUSTICE COLLECTIVE STATEMENT 

Two years ago, Hurricane Matthew caused massive damages and flooding in the eastern part of our state, displacing many families–our first self-described climate refugees–and further polluting the communities where toxic coal ash and hog waste overflowed their meager enclosures.
One year ago, Hurricanes Harvey and Maria devastated communities elsewhere, but we felt their pain and understood the injustice at the root of these vicious storms.
These are not natural disasters, they are the logical outcome of a society that believes some people and some places are expendable. They are the product of a broken political and economic system–an industrial growth society that has given rise to climate chaos and unspeakable suffering.
Now as we face yet another unprecedented storm–Hurricane Florence–and work feverishly to make sure that those who are always first and worst impacted are not forsaken, we make clear our one demand: there must be an immediate Just Transition to a clean energy economy that can turn the tides of destruction and source thriving, equitable, earth-honoring, joyfully inclusive communities.  Until we achieve that, the next unnatural storm will always be bearing down on us.

Please email jayeesha@gmail.com to include any frontline/grassroots centered relief and recovery resources, services, hotlines, or distribution centers to this list.