Last week, 14 states were affected by severe weather- from flooding to tornadoes. Early estimates show about 2,500 homes were heavily damaged or destroyed. The Red Cross has mounted relief efforts in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
In North Carolina, the main recovery zones are in Beaufort, Chowan, Perquimans and Pasquotank Counties. Over the weekend, volunteers distributed about 2,000 clean up and recovery supplies. Those are things like gloves, hand sanitizer, storage containers, sunscreen, bug spray, trash bags, tarps, rope, first aid kits, rakes and children’s items.
The Eastern NC Region has mobilized 147 disaster workers. They have served over 4,800 meals and snacks and distributed 2,200 relief supplies. They have also created individualized recovery plans for 217 residents.
The next step will be getting people back on the road to long term recovery. The Red Cross will remain on the ground for a few more weeks to provide support and encouragement. They will open community resource centers, working with government and non-profit partners to make sure people have access to help. Red Cross caseworkers will also continue to work one-on-one with people to create recovery plans.
All this can be done because of the generosity of donors.