Relief efforts are underway in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which left a huge path of destruction in North Carolina and parts of South Carolina after making landfall last week.
According to reports, at least 37 people have died in storm-related incidents – 27 in North Carolina, 8 in South Carolina, and two in Virginia. Meanwhile, around 200,000 people are still without power in North Carolina – down from half-a-million last week. Moreover, more than 8,100 remain in shelters.
While the hurricane has departed, North Carolina officials say major flooding is continuing in Florence’s aftermath and is expected to worsen in some areas as rivers that have hit major flood stage still have not crested.
“Days after Florence first hit our state, we continue to feel the effects of this massive storm,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said, according to The Associated Press.
“I know for many people this feels like a nightmare that just won’t end,” he later added.
But during a press conference with President Trump, the governor expressed confidence “that we are going to build our way out of this.”
“We’ve managed the hurricane. Now we’ve got to manage the floods. And then we’ll manage the reconstruction and the rebuilding,” he said before introducing the president, who Wednesday visited several sites throughout the Carolinas, including a Southern Baptist Disaster Relief site in New Bern, North Carolina.
Among the many relief groups that have sent teams to assist with efforts are a number of NRB members.
North Carolina-based Samaritan’s Purse is on the ground working from three hard-hit locations in eastern North Carolina: New Bern, Wilmington, and Jacksonville.
“More than 150 volunteers have served with us already,” the ministry reported Wednesday afternoon.
Working alongside Samaritan’s Purse teams are 38 Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains who have been offering emotional and spiritual care to evacuees. Chaplains with law enforcement backgrounds are available to minister to weary first responders.
“Pray for families who have lost everything in their homes to #HurricaneFlorence,” Franklin Graham, president of BGEA and Samaritan’s Purse, said in a tweet Tuesday.
Also responding to the desperate needs of hurricane victims is Operation Blessing International, which had truckloads of relief supplies standing by in Emporia, Virginia , near interstates into North Carolina and the expected disaster zones. Included in their arsenal were a mobile command center, a dehumidifier truck, a mobile kitchen capable of making 1,000 meals per day, flood kits supplied by The Home Depot, pallets of bottled water, food, hygiene supplies, and more.
“Thankfully, the storm that had previously attained category 4 status hit land on Friday as a category 1 hurricane,” the organization reported. “Still, Hurricane Florence packed a powerful punch.”
In an email sent to NRB members prior to Florence’s landfall, NRB’s president & CEO, Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, urged members and friends of the association to pray for those in the path of the storm, noting that numerous NRB members are based in the Carolinas.
“Let’s commit to pray for NRB partners who are in the Carolinas,” wrote Johnson, also encouraging them to be “ready to help with practical assistance, as able.”
For a list of NRB members in the Carolinas, click here.
For ways to help NRB members serving in the Carolinas, click on one or more of the links below.
Bill Graham Evangelistic Association
Convoy of Hope
Operation Blessing International
Somebody Cares International
By NRB Staff
Published: September 20, 2018