Hurricane Florence

Days after making landfall as a hurricane and slowing to a tropical depression, Florence slowly ravaged the South with rain and wind, leaving widespread and potentially catastrophic flooding.


Financial Contributions:

Florence Recovery Fund:

United Way created the United Way Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund to support local communities in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and the surrounding areas affected by Hurricane Florence. This fund will help local United Ways meet the storm-related needs and support mid- and long-term recovery efforts throughout the affected regions.  100% of individual donations given to the United Way Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund will be distributed to local United Ways in the affected areas. United Way’s focus will be on mid- and long-term recovery.

Donated Goods:

United Way of Long Island is not collecting or transporting donated goods to the affected areas.

FEMA Recommends: It is better to send cash donations instead of having to transport and store items at great expense. Quite often, survivors do not need or can’t use goods that are donated by generous fellow citizens. Organizations that receive unsolicited donations have to take time to catalogue and store such materials, which takes valuable time away from working on urgent needs.


To connect to national organizations seeking volunteers: National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD),


     North Carolina:

     South Carolina:


National VOAD members respond to disasters in the United States and around the world. Register with a National VOAD member to volunteer. Find a complete list of National VOAD members HERE.Just a friendly reminder to please BE PATIENT. You will be contacted once National VOAD has had an opportunity to assess the damage and identify unmet needs.


2-1-1 across all affected areas is operational. If someone you know needs help, they can call 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There may be a wait, but calls will be answered. In case of emergency, dial 9-1-1.

2-1-1 is a free, confidential service that connects people from all communities to essential health and human services—24 hours a day, seven days a week. 2-1-1 will remain open and ready to provide local information about evacuation routes, shelters, food and water, health resources, and other needs throughout the storm.

North Carolina 211      2-1-1 or 1-888-892-1162       

211 South Carolina      2-1-1 or 1-866-892-9211       

211 Virginia                  2-1-1 or 1-800-230-6977       


Below is a list of standard resources in the states expected to be impacted by Hurricane Florence.  Each resource will likely be continually updated as more information and resources become available.  Each state has active 2-1-1 Call Centers and Databases that can be accessed.  In the event a 2-1-1 center must evacuate, back-up will be provided by 2-1-1s around the country.

Text FLORENCE to 898-211

The 898-211 text platform has been activated to provide automated responses containing pertinent disaster information to individuals. After texting “Florence” to 898-211, clients will automatically be sent resources for their state (North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Other).

If a client texts their zip code to 898-211, their message will go to the local 2-1-1’s text queue, if a texting platform is in use there.



-Hurricane Preparedness:

-Shelter Locations:

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North Carolina

-North Carolina 2-1-1 Disaster Resources:

-Updates from the State of North Carolina, including evacuation orders:

-Download the Ready NC Mobile Application:


South Carolina

-South Carolina 2-1-1 Disaster Resources:

-Updates from the State of South Carolina, including evacuation orders:

-Download the SC Emergency Manager Mobile Application:



-Virginia 2-1-1 Resources:

-Updates from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management:



-NE Georgia 2-1-1 Resources:

-Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency Updates:

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