Disaster Relief

Hurricane Florence - September 2018

Disaster Funds - Immediate Needs and Long-Term Recovery:

UWHelpsNC - Statewide fund estabished for donors to give to "where needed most", NC 2-1-1, or a specific United Way who meets local needs in their county(ies).  This fund is managed by United Way of North Carolina and is offered to meet "immediate needs" following Hurricane Florence.

Texting Option: UWHELPSNC to 41444

North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund - Governor's fund for statewide assistance

Texting Option: Florence to 20222

United Way Florence Recovery Fund - United Way Worldwide Fund that will address immediate and long-term needs

Talking Points UWHelpsNC and NC Disaster Recovery Fund

Local Funds:

United Way of Coastal Carolina

United Way of Robeson County

United Way of Greater High Point

United Way of Forsyth County

United Way of the Cape Fear Area

United Way Tar River Region

Lenoir/Greene United Way

United Way of Onslow County

Volunteer Opportunities:

Register for Volunteer Opportunities - Individuals or groups of volunteers

Organizations providing supplies and/or Volunteers - Please complete this form if your organization is providing FREE services  to individuals impacted by Hurricane Florence. Any forms received from individuals or work-for-hire teams will be deleted. All services will be shared with our NC Voluntary Organization Active In Disaster (VOAD) community and will be available to NC 2-1-1 callers.

United Way Specific Resources  

Webinar - Crisis & Disaster Recovery Funds: Management and Communication

Request In-Kind Donations  - United Way Worldwide is centrally collecting requests for non-perishable food, bottled water, cleaning supplies, household items such as blankets and bedding, baby items, personal hygiene supplies, school supplies, etc.  

After the Flood Tip Sheet

Registering LOCAL DISTRIBUTION SITES

What to Expect After Registering for Disaster Assistance

Media and Communication 

UW and 2-1-1 Talking Points

2-1-1 Talking Points and Social Media Post Examples

2-1-1 Frequently Asked Questions

UWW 2-1-1 Texting Announcement and other resources

UWHelpsNC Fund Press Release

UW Robeson County - Newspaper Article Example

UWHelpsNC Fund

LINK to United Way of NC Statewide Disaster Fund - UWHelpsNC

“The United Way [of XYZ] Florence Recovery Fund will help United Way meet the storm-related needs and support immediate needs throughout the affected region. With your support, we can help rebuild communities.

 

United Way Worldwide Resources

FLORENCE: Social Media Toolkit

neil.parekh@uww...

United Way Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund Social Cards

We have created three sets of social cards for you to use in reference to Hurricane Florence. One promotes the website and text to give option, another promotes text to give option. Both are available in sizes appropriate for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Click here to download the full set of images (.zip)

See below for sample social media copy.

Facebook/LinkedIn

United Way stands ready to fight for everyone in the path of Hurricane Florence. As a critical part of a community’s recovery efforts, local United Ways are ready to help as many people as possible in the affected areas. Here’s how you can help: unitedway.org/florence
 
United Way is fighting for everyone impacted by Hurricane Florence. Support our efforts to rebuild communities after the storm passes: unitedway.org/florence
 
We Live United by acting united. United Way fights for every person in every community. We’ve set up a Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund to support those in the affected areas. You can help. Visit here: unitedway.org/Florence
 
No matter the obstacles, United Way fights for every person in every community. Support our disaster recovery efforts by donating to the United Way Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund. To donate*, text FLORENCE to 40403.
 
[please add this as the first comment on the post: *Message and data rates may apply. Terms: igfn.org/t]

 
Twitter

United Way stands ready to fight for everyone in the path of #HurricaneFlorence. As a critical part of a community’s recovery efforts, United Ways are ready to help as many people as possible in the affected areas. For more information or to donate, visit unitedway.org/Florence
 
United Way is fighting for everyone impacted by #HurricaneFlorence. Support our efforts to rebuild communities after the storm passes. Here’s how you can help: unitedway.org/Florence
 
Need assistance for #HurricaneFlorence? Call 2-1-1 or text FLORENCE to 898-211 to reach a @211Help call specialist 24/7 Msg & data rates may apply Msg & data rates may apply

Instagram

United Way stands ready to fight for everyone in the path of #HurricaneFlorence. As a critical part of a community’s recovery efforts, United Ways are ready to help as many people as possible in the affected areas. For more information or to donate, visit the link in our bio. (link in bio: unitedway.org/Florence)
 
YOU can make an impact. Join United Way in fighting for everyone affected by #HurricaneFlorence. Support our efforts to rebuild communities after the storm passes. More info, link in bio.
 
Need assistance for #HurricaneFlorence? Call 2-1-1 or text FLORENCE to 898-211 to reach a 2-1-1 call specialist 24/7
[please add this as the first comment on the post: *Message and data rates may apply. Terms: igfn.org/t]
 
We #LiveUnited by acting united. United Way is fighting for everyone impacted by #HurricaneFlorence. Support our efforts to rebuild communities after the storm passes. Learn how you can help. (Link in bio)

File: 

https://online.unitedway.org/modules/file/icons/package-x-generic.pngHurricane Florence Social Cards 9-13-18.zip

 

These and other resources are on the Crisis Preparedness page on United Way Online: https://online.unitedway.org/groups/small-cities-zone/crisis-preparedness-don-t-wait-until-disaster-strikes

  • Crisis Preparedness, Response and Recovery Guide

  • Guide to Establishing a Relief Fund   

Other Helpful Links on United Way Online include:

United Way Worldwide is setting up a national fund: The United Way Florence Recovery Fund

You can access the fund at https://unitedway.org/florence.

·  This is a response to donors and major media outlets who are looking for one, simplified place to give and impact the entire affected area.

·  100% of all money raised will be distributed to the affected United Ways.  

·  We will be working with affected United Ways once the storm recedes on distributing funds in an equitable manner.

o    Carol McCormack noted the potential, and current, in some cases, need for rent assistance, and the challenge that may pose. Please know the funds that are distributed from the national fund will be eligible for LUWs to use for rent assistance.

·  We will actively promote local funds. This can complement local efforts and help local United Ways that do not have the capacity to administer a local fund.

·  To that effect, please make sure Ayanna Lewis (ayanna.lewis@uww.unitedway.org) has the link to your local fund.

·  Our Public Policy team will also be pushing your local fund information out to your Members of Congress.

 

GENERAL PUBLIC RESOURCES

ReadyNCApp

NC Dept of Public Safety - Evacuation routes and more

NC211

Stay connected with Duke Energy

For storm or power restoration updates, follow Duke Energy on Twitter (@DukeEnergy) and Facebook (Duke Energy) or visit us at our storm website:  www.dukeenergyupdates.com.

Outage Reporting

  • Visit www.dukeenergyupdates.com.
  • Text OUT to 57801 (standard text and data charges may apply). If you haven’t registered yet, text REG to 57801.
  • Call the automated outage-reporting system at 800-769-3766 for Duke Energy Carolinas customers and 800-419-6356 for Duke Energy Progress customers.

What do I do if I see a downed power line?

Stay safe and stay away from downed power lines. Customers and first responders should assume all of these lines are live.  With a storm of this magnitude, we expect thousands of downed power lines. We will respond as quickly as possible, but we are urging caution because of the sheer volume of calls we expect to receive.

 

Call Duke Energy to report downed power lines:

  • Duke Energy Carolinas - 800-769-3766
  • Duke Energy Progress - 800-419-6356

 

April 15 Tornado 

Information for Survivors Needing Assistance 

Dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162 to reach a trained, compassionate  NC 2-1-1 call specialist 24/7 who can provide information about storm-related assistance and programs. The call is free, confidential, and available in most languages. 

Volunteer Opportunities ~ Donations of Goods

For the latest information on donations of food, water, clothing, household goods, and volunteer opportunities, visit the United Way of Greater Greensboro's Tornado Relief webpage

Financial Donations

United Way of Greater Greensboro is working with the City of Greensboro and Guilford County to provide assistance to organizations working directly with individuals and families affected by the tornado in Greensboro.

  • Donations can be made online.

  • Donations can be mailed to, or dropped off at, United Way of Greater Greensboro, 1500 Yanceyville St., Greensboro, NC 27405. Checks should indicate the donation is for “Tornado Relief.” Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Donations

The BEST way to help after a disaster like this is to make a financial donation to a trusted, reputable charitable organization. Financial donations are efficient, easy to use, flexible, and can be put to immediate use. They allow relief organizations to respond quickly to the most pressing needs, as well as to evolving needs as the disaster response progresses. Financial donations allow supplies to be purchased closer to the disaster, avoiding delays, transportation, and storage costs that often happen with material donations. Financial donations don’t require volunteers to spend valuable time sorting items that may not be able to be used. 

Please do not donate goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, medicine, or food unless a there has been a specific request for the item(s). When these items are donated, the helping agencies must redirect their staff away from providing direct services to survivors in order to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.

Financial donations to a United Way in an affected community

United Ways are closely connected to their community, and, along with their partners are a critical part of a community’s short and long-term recovery from disasters. Local United Ways can respond quickly to meet immediate needs as they arise, providing resources to first responders and other disaster response organizations to help with rescue and immediate relief efforts. Local United Ways also often coordinate a community’s response to a disaster, ensuring long-term recovery and rebuilding needs are met quickly and efficiently.

Greensboro Tornado

United Way of Greater Greensboro is workign with the City of Greensboro and Guilford County to collect donations for children, families, and adults affected by the April 15 tornado. Donations can be made online or by check and mailed to United Way of Greater Greensboro, 1500 Yanceyville St., Greensboro, NC 27405

Hurricane Harvey 

United Ways of Texas provides links to United Ways throughout Texas that are currently raising funds to aid Hurricane Harvey disaster recovery in their communites.

Hurricanes Maria and Irma and Mexico Earthquake

United Way of Florida has established a Hurricane Irma Relief Fund to support local Florida communities affected by Hurricane Irma. You can also find links to donate directly to a relief fund established by local United Ways in affected communities. View United Way of Florida's Disaster Relief Fund and links to local Florida United Way disaster relief funds. 

United Way of Miami-Dade's and the Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald's Operation Helping Hands helps those affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma and the earthquake in Mexico recover and rebuild. 100% of donations will help local United Ways and other nonprofits on the ground in the impacted areas meet the disaster-related needs and support long-term recovery throughout the affected regions. You can designate your donation to go to one or more specific affected areas or where help is needed most. Donate to Operation Helping Hands Hurricane and Earthquake Relief.

United for Puerto Rico is an initiative brought forth by the First lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, in collaboration with the private sector, with the purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane María. Donate to United for Puerto Rico

Fondo Unido México has established a fund for communities that have been affected by the recent natural disasters in Mexico. Donate to the Fondo Unido México Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund

United Way Worldwide provides links to local United Ways in the Carribean, Puerto Rico, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina that have established Hurricane Irma Relief Funds.

California Wildfires

United Way of the Wine Country and United Way Bay Area have formed a partnership to provide immediate and long-term recovery assistance to residents and community agencies in Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Lake, and Mendocino counties affected by wildfires. 100% of donations go directly to wildfire relief and recovery efforts. Donate to the Northern California Relief and Recovery Fund.

United Way of Ventura County, United Way of Santa Barbara County, the American Red Cross of Ventura County, and the Ventura County Sheriff's office of Emergency Services have formed a partnership to provide immediate and long-term recovery assistance to residents and community agencies in Southern California counties affected by wildfires. 100% of donations to the collaborative "Thomas Fire Fund" go directly to wildfire relief and recovery efforts. Donate to the Thomas Fire Fund.

Financial donations to United Way Worldwide's Disaster Relief Funds

United Way Worldwide has launched relief and recovery funds to support all local communities affected by the recent natural disasters. 100% of individual donations given to the funds will be used for recovery efforts in the affected areas. The national funds are not meant to replace local relief and recovery funds, but will complement local efforts.

Donations to organizations providing relief in affected communities

Donations may be made to Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) members who are providing relief efforts and assisting with long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts in communities affected by disasters. Contact the organizations directly to learn more about their relief and recovery efforts. 

View a list of TX VOAD members

View a list of Puerto Rico VOAD members

View a list of National VOAD members

Volunteer Opportunities

National VOAD is asking people who would like to volunteer to not self-deploy, as unexpectedly showing up to any of the communities that have been impacted by the disasters can create an additional burden for first responders and long-term recovery organizations.There are volunteer needs for many months and years after disasters. If you feel the need to do something immediately, consider a financial donation to a relief organization or host a local yard sale or other fundraiser and donate the proceeds to a relief organization.

Volunteer Opportunities with United Ways

Individuals, groups, and organizations interested in volunteer opportunities in communities affected by the disasters should contact the United Way in the community they where they would like to volunteer. 

Find your United Way 

Volunteer Opportunities with VOAD Organizations

Individuals, groups, and organizations interested in volunteer opportunities can contact state and territory VOAD member organizations directly or fill out a volunteer form with the National VOAD.

Please be patient after you register to volunteer - you will be contacted once public officials and disaster relief organizations have had an opportunity to assess the damage and identify what the specific unmet needs are. Volunteers will be needed in all affected areas for months and years. 

Register to volunteer to help TX VOAD organizations with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

Register to help FL VOAD organizations with Hurricane Irma relief efforts

Register to help VOAD organizations in Puerto Rico

Register to help VOAD organizations in the US Virgin Islands