2018 Hurricane Season
The SED is also partnering with Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders to aid and assist in the recovery effort in North Carolina. To sign up with the Fuller Center, please click here to be directed to the registration form.
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Preparing Flood Buckets - Flood buckets are cleaning kits that enable people to begin the job of cleaning up after flooding. They include cleaning supplies, gloves etc. Collecting items and filling flood buckets can be an outreach project for your ministry or you may donate money to purchase supplies for the flood buckets. The Orphan Grain Train in Annapolis, Maryland is a drop-off point for buckets in the Northern region. Flood bucket instructions/list (PDF)
Disaster Response Hygiene/Survival Kits - Another way to help is to prepare hygiene kits for people affected by the storm. The Orphan Grain Train will also collect these kits for distribution. Kit instructions
You will find helpful links to information developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Preparedness and Safety Messaging for Hurricanes, Flooding, and Similar Disasters can help local responders quickly create and adapt health communication products for affected communities. The document contains messages on various topics including food safety, carbon monoxide poisoning, waterborne diseases, and mold.
In times of disaster the immediate need is for financial donations and gift cards (Lowes, Home Depot, grocery stores, Target, Walmart). Additionally, there is a need for building supplies...donations to offset the purchase cost are greatly appreciated! Items that are not helpful are clothing, shoes, blankets, toys, etc. The best way to deal with clothing etc. donations is to sell them at a yard sale and donate the money. Cash donations allow relief workers to purchase what is needed, when and where. It allows supplies to be purchased locally strengthening the local economy.