October 28, 2018–This month, thanks to the generosity of corporate partners, Operation USA delivered two grants to community-based organizations in North and South Carolina in support of Hurricane Florence Recovery.
In South Carolina, we delivered a $25,000 grant to the Harvest Hope Food Bank to bolster nutritional stability in the wake of Florence. These funds support ongoing relief efforts–HHFB is already packing 1,000+ packages per day and has delivered more than $1M in aid since Florence hit–and will allow HHFB to provide food to hurricane survivors in eight counties, improve nutrition for individuals living in a “food desert” caused by disaster conditions, and increase the stability of local feeding organizations (e.g. food pantries and soup kitchens) made vulnerable by the storm.
In North Carolina, we delivered an $80,000 grant to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to support the purchase of a new refrigerated truck, allowing the organization to expand its services to residents made increasingly vulnerable by Florence. FBCENC provides nutritious meals to an estimated 600,000 people and last year delivered 58 million meals across 19,000 square miles of large, rural counties. In areas which were already vulnerable before the storm, Florence’s winds, rain and flooding caused catastrophic damage. This new truck–capable of transporting 30,000 lbs of food and supplies per load–will help FBCENC do more direct distributions to more families as recovery continues.
Thank you to all those who made these grants possible! Support ongoing efforts at give.opusa.org.
September 27, 2018–This week, longtime corporate partner Honeywell committed to supporting OpUSA’s relief and recovery efforts with a donation of in-kind materials including tens of thousands of safety gloves, safety goggles, masks and filters and safety boots. These items–already warehoused in North and South Carolina–will be distributed to partners on the ground in impacted communities, and will aid in cleanup and mold remediation efforts in the wake of record flooding caused by Hurricane Florence. We are so grateful for the opportunity to distribute these items where they are needed most. Thank you to Honeywell for its generous donation. For more information on corporate partnerships and in-kind donations to aid in relief and recovery efforts, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 13, 2018–As Hurricane Florence–now downgraded to a Category 2 storm–bears down on the Carolinas, communities in its path have begun to experience the storm’s effects with winds upward of 75 mph and heavy rain. Florence is expected to move onshore late tonight into early tomorrow as a Category 2 or 3 storm, and will stall over the states for several days, dumping record rains and bringing a storm surge up to 13 feet–likely to cause flooding in many island and coastal communities.
Operation USA has begun readying aid for delivery to community-based partners in impacted areas once damage from the storm becomes known. In addition to shipping relief materials, cleanup supplies and medical/hospital equipment, we are also preparing to make cash grants to aid in recovery and to support long-term recovery programs. Your donations make this work possible. Give now at give.opusa.org.
September 11, 2018– Hurricane Florence, currently a Category 4 storm, is headed for the Atlantic Coast of the United States and will likely bring catastrophic winds and rain to parts of North and South Carolina, with the potential to also cause flooding and damage in Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Maryland later this week. As of Tuesday, Florence’s center had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph and was about 845 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina. The massive storm is expected to make landfall late Thursday into early Friday as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane.
Evacuation orders are in place for large parts of the southeastern United States coastline, and upwards of one million people are expected to flee before the storm hits. The National Hurricane Center has issued warnings for “an extremely dangerous major hurricane” and is advising all those in its path to take necessary safety precautions.
Operation USA is monitoring the storm and preparing to provide relief aid supplies and long-term recovery support once the full extent of damage is known and as opportunities allow. Donations at this time will help us to ship material aid–including clean up and rebuilding supplies–to community-based partners and deliver cash grants to aid in recovery. To support these efforts, please visit give.opusa.org.
This is a developing storm and we will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.
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