Please give generously to our Hurricane Florence Children’s Relief Fund. Your gift will help us respond to the unmet needs of children affected by this disaster.

Hurricane Florence

Save the Children’s emergency responders were on the ground – even before Hurricane Florence hit, thanks to supporters like you. Now that the storm has passed and breaking news teams have long since turned their attention elsewhere, we continue to work tirelessly to address the still-urgent needs of displaced families, out-of-school children and flooded child care centers.

During the storm, an estimated 8.04 trillion gallons of rain poured down across parts of North Carolinai, flooding roads and filling homes with record-breaking amounts of water.

By supporting Save the Children, your donations will help protect vulnerable children and provide desperately needed relief to families.

FAQs: What you need to know about Hurricane Florence

How can I help the survivors of Hurricane Florence?

Your generous donation to Save the Children’s Hurricane Florence Children’s Relief Fund will help us continue delivering essential support to children and families in crisis.

This includes delivering essential child-focused supplies to displaced families as well as supporting the Brigade Boys and Girls Club. There sustained flood damage temporarily closed the doors to more than 150 children who depend on their services for food.

Are children and families still displaced after Hurricane Florence?

More than 1 million people in coastal areas of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina were ordered to evacuate their homes before Hurricane Florence made landfall on September 14, 2018.

Due to the size and slow-moving pace of the storm, flash flood and tornado warnings remained in effect for nearly a week in many counties in both North and South Carolina. Several counties are still under flood watches.

While most major roadways have been reopened and electricity and gas stations are now mostly online, clean-up efforts are still ongoing.

Are children out of school?

School districts have been slowly reopening, while some will remain closed to all students and staff into October. As a result, children are missing out on learning, and many parents are missing work to care for them. Children who rely on schools to provide healthy and hot meals are also suffering.

Are child care centers operational?

Based on our assessments, many child care providers will face huge challenges in reopening and providing this essential service to children and working families. Over 6,600 childcare providers in North Carolina were believed to be in Florence’s path.

How is Save the Children responding to Hurricane Florence?

Save the Children is focusing our recovery efforts in North Carolina on southeastern and coastal communities that were hardest hit, including Craven (New Bern), Cumberland (Fayetteville), New Hanover (Wilmington), Onslow (Jacksonville) and Robeson (Lumberton).

We are working with early education and child care provider networks to offer our proven response and recovery programs and expertise. Our team will be helping with assessments of child care providers and their post-hurricane needs.

Once these assessments are complete, we will also provide recovery support to restore children’s access to early education.

The size of our restoration and recovery will vary based on the needs and damage assessed. Some of our efforts include funding to help families replace lost food or perishables. We also vouchers to trusted vendors to purchase new toys, furniture, rugs and classroom materials. If we reach our target fundraising goal, we may be able to give larger awards to families in need of substantial repairs, water damage or mold remediation. We may also consider awards that cover childcare fees for significantly impacted families, lost wages and increased home or lodging expenses because of the storm. Financial support can make an enormous difference for children and families living on the edge. Our goal is for children to get back into learning environments and parents and caregivers to get back to work.

Here are highlights of our work to date, which has benefited over 10,000 children and families:

  • Save the Children’s emergency response team supported the needs of children and families in 5 different shelters in North Carolina who were evacuated from the path of Florence. Our team worked in partnership with local and county entities to assess children’s needs in shelters (making sure children are safe), distribute child-friendly supplies (like cribs, diapers and strollers) and establish Child Friendly Spaces to give kids a chance to play, relax and be kids and to give parents a brief respite from the stress and strain of being displaced.   

  • We continue to work with the Brigade Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington, NC so that out-of-school children can still receive 2 meals a day. 

  • Thanks to you, we’ve provided infant and family hygiene kits to families in shelters in and around Raleigh-Durham, including at a large shelter on the campus of the University of North Carolina. We also provided cribs to families with very young children.

  • Shipments of diapers, baby wipes, strollers, cribs and other supplies have been widely distributed.
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