Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, NC, on Sept. 14, bringing 90 mph winds and over 35 inches of rain to the Carolinas and surrounding areas. Because of the storm, more than 30 people have died and nearly 2 million evacuated their homes due to massive flooding and other damage.
As nurses and communities recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence, here are some ways you can help.
To provide relief for RNs who have suffered loss or damages from Hurricane Florence, the North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA) and its charitable arm, the North Carolina Foundation for Nursing (NCFN) have set up the Nurse Recovery Fund. The fund accepts tax-deductible donations with the sole purpose of helping nurses get back on their feet sooner.
To volunteer, learn about eligibility from the American Red Cross and the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
To learn more about supporting the relief effort, visit FEMA's Hurricane Florence page.
Mental health support
For crisis counseling, SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Helpline is available 24 hours a day to provide confidential support to those experiencing emotional distress due to Hurricane Florence. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
Visit ANA's Disaster Relief web page for information.