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Disaster Recovery

As the floodwaters from Tropical Storm Fred recede, the full extent of the damage is becoming clear. The storm significantly affected Haywood and Transylvania Counties, with the southern part of the counties hit hardest, particularly Canton, Clyde, Bethel, Cruso, and Balsam Grove. Families have lost loved ones and residents are still missing. Homes, businesses, and property are destroyed. In times of great tragedy, our communities come together to take care of one another. Please review the list below of resources and information regarding how you can help. We will update this list as new resources come in, if you have one to share, please reach out to Kayla Daffron at kdaffron@ncruralcenter.org.

 

Disaster Recovery Resources

Western North Carolina
 

HELPING HAYWOOD

Multiple churches are accepting donations of food staples, cleaning supplies and drinking water.  I volunteered at one of them today and they are extremely organized and getting these items out to those that need them most as quickly as possible.  Several are also taking monetary donations to go directly to flood victims. 

New Covenant Church 

https://www.newcovenantchurch.com/giving

Under Fund select Disaster Relief 

Faith Community Church

https://www.faithcommunitychurch.cc/give

Select Helping Haywood from the drop down list

Canton First Baptist

https://onrealm.org/cantonfirst/-/give/now

Select Memorial from the drop down of choices and type “Disaster Relief” in the memo line

Mountain Projects 

Mountain Projects has established the Emergency Housing Fund, which is dedicated to re-housing people displaced by the flood along the Pigeon River and its tributaries: https://mountainprojects.org/flood-relief-information/

United Way of Haywood County 

United Way of Haywood County has also set up a website where folks can donate to flood recovery: https://www.uwhaywood.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=2

 
 
 
 
Individuals
Ready NC

Resources to plan and prepare, stay informed, and recover and rebuild. For more information, click here.

 
Duke Energy

Power outages and outage status updates. For more information, click here.

 
NC State Extension

Factsheets that have been prepared to help people dealing with a disaster begin the process of recovery. For more information, click here.

 
Picking Up the Pieces: HAC’s Natural Disaster Guide

Intended to help survivors and local organizations identify resources to rebuild their homes and communities. This report emphasizes housing assistance. For more information, click here.

 
DisasterAssistance.Gov

An online portal to help users access and apply for disaster assistance from federal, tribal, state, local and private sector partners. For more information, click here.

 
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Hurricane Dorian coverage, including an overview of the storm’s impact, critical needs, and a contact to learn more and share about recovery efforts happening after the storm. For more information, click here

 
FEMA: Hurricane Dorian Recovery in NC

FEMA assistance data, financial assistance applications, temporary housing assistance information, transitional sheltering assistance information, and other immediate disaster recovery resources. For more information, click here.

 
FEMA: Resources for People with Disabilities, Access, & Functional Needs

Instructional videos relating to preparedness during a disaster, post disaster, and individual assistance. For more information, click here.

 
Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Workers and business owners who became unemployed as a direct result of the effects of Hurricane Dorian may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. For more information, click here.

 
North Carolina 2-1-1

Community health and human services resources and services, and real-time support and communications during emergencies and disasters. For more information, click here.

 
Helping Children Cope with Disaster

Resources to help children and their caregivers cope with the trauma of the events of the past week.  For more information, click here.

 
NC DHHS Disaster Preparedness: Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse

Resources on how to help those with emotional or physical disabilities, and children plan for and recover from natural disasters. For more information, click here.

 

NC Department of Health and Human Services 

NC DHHS has launched a Dorian-specific webpage with additional information about available resources. For information, click here

 

Shelter for medically fragile patients

A 50-bed State Medical Support Shelter (SMSS) for medically fragile patients is now open in Clayton, NC. Individuals who need active monitoring, management or intervention from a medical professional to maintain their health must contact their county emergency management office to request placement in the SMSS. For a list of county emergency management agencies, click here.

 

NC Department of Public Safety Shelters 

Accessibility and support for those with behavioral illness or intellectual and developmental disabilities: DHHS is working with its partners so that shelters have, for example, calming rooms to support individuals with autism or other disabilities, when a congregant setting may not be conducive for their wellbeing. Click here for a list of storm shelters. 

 

Medicaid and Prescriptions

Effective September 3, Medicaid is allowing for early refills of prescriptions. NC Medicaid-enrolled pharmacy providers have been approved to fill these prescriptions early and will follow applicable copay requirements. This early refill is being allowed while the Governor’s State of Emergency order remains in place to ensure that all Medicaid beneficiaries have access to necessary medications. For information, click here

 

Medication-assisted treatment is available

Individuals receiving medication-assisted treatment from an opioid treatment program may take home additional doses for treatment or receive guest-dosing at another licensed opioid treatment program. Other locations can be found in the Central Registry

 
Legal Aid of NC (Disaster Relief Rack Card)

Website included on the card will permit users to view videos on tenant rights, benefits, FEMA, and other immediate issues. For more information, click here.

Individuals
Ready NC

Resources to plan and prepare, stay informed, and recover and rebuild. For more information, click here.

 
Duke Energy

Power outages and outage status updates. For more information, click here.

 
NC State Extension

Factsheets that have been prepared to help people dealing with a disaster begin the process of recovery. For more information, click here.

 
Picking Up the Pieces: HAC’s Natural Disaster Guide

Intended to help survivors and local organizations identify resources to rebuild their homes and communities. This report emphasizes housing assistance. For more information, click here.

 
DisasterAssistance.Gov

An online portal to help users access and apply for disaster assistance from federal, tribal, state, local and private sector partners. For more information, click here.

 
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Hurricane Dorian coverage, including an overview of the storm’s impact, critical needs, and a contact to learn more and share about recovery efforts happening after the storm. For more information, click here

 
FEMA: Hurricane Dorian Recovery in NC

FEMA assistance data, financial assistance applications, temporary housing assistance information, transitional sheltering assistance information, and other immediate disaster recovery resources. For more information, click here.

 
FEMA: Resources for People with Disabilities, Access, & Functional Needs

Instructional videos relating to preparedness during a disaster, post disaster, and individual assistance. For more information, click here.

 
Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Workers and business owners who became unemployed as a direct result of the effects of Hurricane Dorian may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. For more information, click here.

 
North Carolina 2-1-1

Community health and human services resources and services, and real-time support and communications during emergencies and disasters. For more information, click here.

 
Helping Children Cope with Disaster

Resources to help children and their caregivers cope with the trauma of the events of the past week.  For more information, click here.

 
NC DHHS Disaster Preparedness: Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse

Resources on how to help those with emotional or physical disabilities, and children plan for and recover from natural disasters. For more information, click here.

 

NC Department of Health and Human Services 

NC DHHS has launched a Dorian-specific webpage with additional information about available resources. For information, click here

 

Shelter for medically fragile patients

A 50-bed State Medical Support Shelter (SMSS) for medically fragile patients is now open in Clayton, NC. Individuals who need active monitoring, management or intervention from a medical professional to maintain their health must contact their county emergency management office to request placement in the SMSS. For a list of county emergency management agencies, click here.

 

NC Department of Public Safety Shelters 

Accessibility and support for those with behavioral illness or intellectual and developmental disabilities: DHHS is working with its partners so that shelters have, for example, calming rooms to support individuals with autism or other disabilities, when a congregant setting may not be conducive for their wellbeing. Click here for a list of storm shelters. 

 

Medicaid and Prescriptions

Effective September 3, Medicaid is allowing for early refills of prescriptions. NC Medicaid-enrolled pharmacy providers have been approved to fill these prescriptions early and will follow applicable copay requirements. This early refill is being allowed while the Governor’s State of Emergency order remains in place to ensure that all Medicaid beneficiaries have access to necessary medications. For information, click here

 

Medication-assisted treatment is available

Individuals receiving medication-assisted treatment from an opioid treatment program may take home additional doses for treatment or receive guest-dosing at another licensed opioid treatment program. Other locations can be found in the Central Registry

 
Legal Aid of NC (Disaster Relief Rack Card)

Website included on the card will permit users to view videos on tenant rights, benefits, FEMA, and other immediate issues. For more information, click here.

Small Business
Thread Capital

Thread Capital’s Hurricane Dorian Rapid Recovery Loan supports North Carolina small businesses and family farms as they recover from the effects of Hurricane Dorian. This rapid recovery loan helps small businesses close the gap between when the disaster strikes and when federal loans, insurance payouts, and other disaster relief funds are approved. For more information, click here.

 
E4E Relief

Deliver expert counsel and an objective, streamlined process for providing cash grant awards to employees during times of unanticipated hardship. For more information, click here.

 
FEMA: Hurricane Dorian Disaster Recovery in NC

FEMA assistance data, financial assistance applications, temporary housing assistance information, transitional sheltering assistance information, and other immediate disaster recovery resources. For more information, click here.

 
SBTDC

Find out which counties FEMA and SBA declare as federal disaster areas. The declaration process can take several days. SBA has two types of loans; physical damage and economic impact. You can learn more about these loans at our website. For more information, click here.

 
SBA Office of Disaster Recovery

Low interest disaster loans for businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters to repair property that have been damaged in a declared disaster. For more information, click here.

 
Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Workers and business owners who became unemployed as a direct result of the effects of hurricane Dorian may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. For more information, click here.

 
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

When a disaster occurs, businesses must take care of their employees’ needs, communicate the impact, address financial matters (e.g., insurance, disaster assistance), restore operations, and organize recovery. Review resources to help reopen your business and make progress through long-term recovery. For more information, click here.

Agriculture & Farming
USDA Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool

Easily find USDA disaster assistance programs that fit your farm or agricultural needs. For more information, click here.

 
USDA Disaster Recovery Programs

Reference guide to USDA disaster resources for farmers, ranchers, and communities. For more information, click here.

 
Picking Up After the Storm on Pasture-Based Livestock Farms

Pasture-based beef, dairy, sheep and goat farmers need to be diligent in checking livestock, repairing damaged infrastructure, and looking for possible hazards in pastures caused by storm damage. Whether the storm was a severe thunderstorm, a hurricane, or a tornado, storm damage can cause acute injury and further damage to livestock if tending to animals and pastures is made a low priority in the recovery process. For more information, click here.

 
How to Handle Flooded Fields

Depending on your location in the state and proximity to water channels, you might also be dealing with flooded fields. The following information is adapted from the US Food and Drug Administration’s Guidance for Industry: Evaluating the Safety of Flood-affected Food Crops for Human Consumption and NCSU’s Food Safety Info sheet: Recovering From a Storm. For more information, click here

 
N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has activated its hotline to connect farmers with resources that can assist with agricultural emergencies. and operates 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call (866) 645-9403

 
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) North Carolina Farm Service Agency

Programs and information to help farmers and livestock producers recover from the events related to Hurricane Dorian. For more information, click here.

 
RAFI Disaster Recovery Videos

Informational videos that explain what to do during disaster recovery. For more information, click here.