How to Help Hurricane Florence Recovery Efforts

Filed in NAHB Cares by on September 20, 2018 0 Comments

flooded streetAs the remnants of Hurricane Florence continue to bring historic flooding to the Carolinas and several tornadoes have touched down in Virginia, the NAHB Federation stands ready to help its members, their families and all victims impacted by the storm.

Nearly a week after Florence first hit the Carolina coastline, the impact of the storm remains uncertain: Power remains out for thousands of households, primarily in North Carolina, evacuations continue and many residents and businesses remain displaced as the flood waters are still rising.

NAHB will be working closely with state and local HBAs in the impacted states to help them meet the needs of members who have been affected by the storm. We will also provide resources to support our members as they help families rebuild. There are also many ways you can help right now.

The North Carolina HBA has established a Hurricane Florence Relief Fund to assist members recovering from the devastating impact of the storm in their communities. You can donate online or mail a check to the HBA.

The Department of Homeland Security encourages donations to be funneled through the National Voluntary Organizations Involved in Disaster (NVOAD). You can also find local volunteer opportunities through NVOAD when it becomes safe for volunteers to help on the ground.

Donations are also being directed to Florence relief efforts by the American Red Cross and United Way via their websites. Other groups targeting the areas impacted by the hurricane include:

A reminder that NAHB has two important webpages to help HBAs, their members and consumers prepare for and respond to natural disasters:

  • The Natural Disaster Resources Toolkit is designed for HBAs and members. It’s a clearing house of updated information including case studies of HBAs that have dealt with disaster’s aftermath, a hurricane preparedness checklist for builders, demolition safety and more.
  • The Disaster Preparation and Recovery Resources page is aimed at home owners and others in the paths of dangerous hurricanes, floods, fires and other natural disasters. It includes emergency preparedness tips, resources for keeping safe during cleanup efforts and an FAQ from former NAHB Remodelers Chair Dan Bawden on how to find, hire and work with remediation and renovation contractors.

NAHB will continue to update information as the specific needs of our HBAs and families in the affected areas become clear and members continue to seek places to donate their money, materials and time.

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