Hurricane Florence

Feb 13, 2019 by Kellie Scholma

Update: Hurricanes Florence and Michael

Four months after Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas and Hurricane Michael tore north through Florida Panhandle and into Georgia, regional managers for World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) visited with local leaders to plan World Renew's long-term response to these major disasters. Their updates follow here:    Hurricane Michael, by Eric and Nancy Johnson, Regional Managers for World Renew DRS

Dec 13, 2018 by Ben and Linda Dykstra

Hurricane Florence Response Continues

The heavy rain from Florence divided the county into five islands surrounded by water, with no road access to or between any of these islands. While officials worked to help them, many residents had to fend for themselves. Jinny* (names changed for privacy) and her family were fortunate. Their home was not flooded, and they had stocked up on supplies before the storm. They made sandwiches and brought them to their neighbors whose homes were flooded.

Dec 11, 2018 by Bev VanNoort

It Is Never Easy To Start Over

Hurricanes Florence and Michael came ashore this past fall and destroyed homes, workplaces, churches, school and many, many families. These communities will never be as they were before. Neighbors will move away and never return to their family home. Their jobs are gone, homes were destroyed, and they are struggling to hang on to a few memories they can hold in their hands. Their neighbors were their “family” and now they are gone, having left everything, moving to a new town and starting over.

Oct 31, 2018 by Josh Bunzel

Resilient Attitude After Hurricane Florence

I was expecting to see signs of high wind and flooding everywhere among the businesses and homes. But to someone just passing through, or even staying to take in its historic downtown and views of the Neuse and Trent Rivers opening up into the Atlantic, New Bern seems to have moved on from the destruction the recent storm brought. While I anticipated clear signs of damage throughout New Bern, I assumed an effort to rebuild to be readily evident and well underway. Both assumptions were quickly proven wrong.

Oct 4, 2018 by Kellie Scholma

Help Clean-up After Florence

DRS - Imagine everything in your home floating within your walls or even right out your window. The heavy job of cleaning out the mess after flooding can be overwhelming both physically and emotionally.

Sep 25, 2018 by Christina de Jong

Coordinating Hurricane Florence Response

DRS - On September 14, Hurricane Florence stormed into North Carolina. Surges and intense rainfall created what is now thought to be the worst flooding event in East Coast history.

Sep 14, 2018 by Beth Degraff

Hurricane Florence Hits the East Coast

More than a million residents received evacuation orders earlier this week, with extensive power outages and freshwater flooding resulting from extensive rainfall over the next few days. Florence may produce 40 inches of rain in some areas of North and South Carolina, Virginia and other inland locations. World Renew is accepting donations to respond to Hurricane Florence. ALERT:Text 20222 to RENEW to give $10! (US only)

Sep 12, 2018 by Beth Degraff

World Renew Prepares for Hurricane Florence Damage

Heavy rain and damaging winds are expected to cause storm surge damage onshore as Florence lumbers to landfall late this week. So far, a million coastal residents have received evacuation orders, with extensive power outages and freshwater flooding expected from prolonged rainfall. Emergency supplies, gasoline, and lodging are already in short supply in many communities, whether residents are fleeing the storm or hunkering down for the duration.