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Florence recovery and cleanup is on-going as local, state and federal officials work in concert with NVOAD and other support groups.

Florence dropped 2-3 feet of rain in portions of southeastern North Carolina, including nearly 36 inches in Elizabethtown, North Carolina, which is the storm's highest total.

Hundreds of roads remain closed in North and South Carolina, and rivers swollen by the storm's relentless rains are still flooding homes and businesses in their paths as they make their way to the sea. And even the new flooding forecasts are still well above records set just two years ago by Hurricane Matthew.

Florence has killed at least 47 people — 36 in North Carolina; 9 in South Carolina; and 2 in Virginia.


According to CNN, North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey cautioned survivors against not only falling for scams, but for participating in fraudulent or questionable insurance schemes in hopes of a quick fix. That could land someone in even greater trouble.

"Don't be tempted to conspire in a fraudulent insurance claim," Causey said in a release. "A fraudulent claim could result in your claim not getting paid. And since insurance fraud is a crime, you could end up with serious legal problems."

Causey also provided the following tips:

  • Run all contracts and repairs by your insurance company first
  • Demand references, identification and licenses from any contractors
  • Most importantly, "get everything in writing."

North Carolina officials are making it easy for storm victims to check out contractors before they hire them to clean up or to repair damage from Hurricane Florence.

The state licensing board for contractors now has a free mobile app called "NCLBGC Search" that lets anyone search their database of contractors by name, address, license number, or county.

South Carolina Residential Builders Commission says honest contractors do not require large sums of money upfront. All residential builders, electricians, HVAC and plumbing specialty contractors are licensed under the Residential Builder’s Commission, while specialty contractors are registered by the commission. SC officials encourage people find out if your builder or contractor is licensed by visiting

Below will continue to be revised with updates and news from various sources, and there are many links below to web sites, tools and data for those impacted by Florence and some tips on how people can help.



FEMA announced mid-Sept that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the states of North Carolina and South Carolina to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence .

North Carolina residents in the following counties may apply for disaster assistance: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Jones, Lenoir, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Robeson, Sampson, Wayne County.

How to Apply for Assistance

  • NC individuals and business owners who sustained losses can visit to check eligibility for federal, state, local, and voluntary organizations in their community that best meet their specific needs.
  • Survivors without internet access can check their eligibility for disaster assistance by calling 1-800-621-3362 (Multilingual operators are available press 2 for Spanish). 
  • Disaster assistance applicants who use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (EDT) daily.
  • Review several Individual Assistance fact sheets on


South Carolina has declared homeowners, renters and business owners who have uninsured and underinsured losses as a result of Hurricane Florence in Chesterfield, Dillon, Horry, Marion and Marlboro counties may apply for disaster assistance. 

If you cannot return to your home, or you are unable to live in your home because of disaster damage, visit, or call 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY) (Multilingual operators are available, press 2 for Spanish) to determine if state, voluntary, and local organizations are in your community to address your immediate needs.


If you are in one of the designated counties, you will need the following to apply for assistance:

  • Social Security Number;
  • Daytime telephone number;
  • Current mailing address and zip code of the damaged property; and
  • Insurance information, if available.

After registering for disaster assistance, survivors may be asked to fill out a low-interest disaster loan application with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA offers low-interest disaster loans for homeowners and renters, businesses and non-profit organization. Completing a home loan application makes it possible to be considered for additional assistance. Applicants do not have to accept the loan if they qualify.

SBA applicants may apply online at Information about low-interest SBA disaster loans and application forms are available online at or by calling 800-659-2955 (TTY users call 800-877-8339) or via email to  Call SBA at 800-659-2955 to have an application mailed to you.


All applicants for FEMA recovery assistance have the right to appeal if you disagree with FEMA’s determination.

The first step is for the survivor to read their entire FEMA determination letter carefully. If an applicant thinks there has been a mistake or disagrees with the amount or type of assistance received, an appeal may be filed.

Every appeal must be in writing and explain why the survivor believes FEMA’s decision is incorrect and must be postmarked within 60 days of the date on the determination letter. ~ Read more


Also state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations are eligible on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, in Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Orangeburg, and Williamsburg counties.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties and tribes statewide.

Check back in case more counties are added and individual assistance opens up ... or find more updates on FEMA's Florence page or



When disaster strikes, every little bit helps.

To make the most of your contributions, please follow our guidelines to learn the most effective and safest ways to donate cash, goods, or time following a disaster.

To help people affected by the storm, visit National Voluntary Organizations After a Disaster (NVOAD) for a listed of trusted organizations:

  • Cash is best. Financial contributions to recognized disaster relief organizations are the fastest, most flexible, and most effective method of donating. Organizations on the ground know what items and quantities are needed, often buy in bulk with discounts and, if possible, purchase through area businesses which supports economic recovery.
  • Confirm donations needed. Critical needs change rapidly – confirm needed items BEFORE collecting; pack and label carefully; confirm delivery locations; arrange transportation. Unsolicited goods NOT needed burden local organizations’ ability to meet survivors’ confirmed needs, drawing away valuable volunteer labor, transportation, and warehouse space.
  • Connect to volunteer. Trusted organizations operating in the affected area know where volunteers are needed, and can ensure appropriate volunteer safety, training, and housing.


Local, state & federal links and preparedness resources

USFRA resources:


NC Emergency Management Ready NC (get their app to stay current on updates)

NC Emergency Management social media ids

NC DPS Hurricane Florence page (evacuation routes and orders, shelter locations, road conditions, ferry schedules, assistance, etc)

NC real-time flood mapping and alert system

NC 2-1-1 (information and referral service provided by United Way of North Carolina in all 100 NC counties with the support of 53 local United Ways throughout NC)

NC Road Conditions / TIMS (interactive Traveler Information Management System provides current road conditions by Region, Route or County in NC)



SC Emergency Management Division

SCEMD social media ids

SC app (download app for updates)

SC Know Your Zone page (evacuation orders by county, find your zone, download SCEMD app, etc.)

SC Emergency Shelters

SC CodeRED Alerts (sign up for notifications)



Virginia Dept of Emergency Management

VA evacuation zones & updates  


FEMA pet preparedness tips & resources

FEMA’s Prepare for Emergencies Now: Information for Pet Owners  (PDF)

North Carolina Dept of Ag large animal / livestock resources

South Carolina livestock resources from Clemson University (PDFs)

AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Foundation) preparedness checklists for large animal & livestock

East Coast Equine Evacuation and Assistance Group (Facebook group where horse owners and caregivers can connect with equine transporters, foster facilities, searchers and rescuers, horse-savvy handlers, and other volunteer service providers including equine evacuation, post-disaster search and rescue, recovery, fostering, and equine facility repair and relief)


FEMA, National Hurricane Center & other Federal resources

FEMA Hurricane/TS Florence page

FEMA Disaster Assistance (Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in designated areas (see counties at top of post) can apply for assistance by registering at or by calling 1-800-621-3362.)




FEMA Rumor Control page (sadly a LOT of false information gets spread on social media so reference this page often)

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Hurricane Florence resources & info page

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12-Sep-2018 5p ET - Above has been updated with NHC watches & warnings for east coast as well as some key messages about Florence. Please share these state and federal links and resources with those in the path of this beast.

13-Sep-2018 2p ET ~ See latest updates and video live broadcast from NHC above ~ please stay safe everyone!

13-Sep-2018 ~ Updates as of 8p ET posted above

14-Sep-2018 8a ET - See latest updates and short vid of Florence making landfall and please share these resources with others

14-Sep-2018 - Cajun Navy was streaming live while in North Carolina this morning after landfall awaiting boats. (As of 11a ET some boats are being deployed in coordination with EOCs) ~ such badassery ~ thanks guys and stay safe!

15-Sep-2018 11a ET - Florence is crawling across the Carolinas at 2 mph dumping copious amounts of water ~ read latest updates and vid from NHC Director Graham above and share resources with others

15-Sep-2018 4p ET - FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of North Carolina to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence beginning on September 7, 2018, and continuing. The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, and Pender counties. Read more near top of main post

16-Sep-2018 5a ET - Florence downgraded to tropical depression but will continue to cause flooding issues for Carolinas as rains continue. Also added tips on how to help those impacted by Florence, more resources, etc ~ see above...

17-Sep-2018 8a ET - Florence is moving thru mid-Atlantic and New England creating flash flood watches and warnings and tornado watches and warnings for multiple states. Carolinas will deal with major river flooding and flash floods next 1 to 2 weeks as runoff drains downstream from mountains to coast. More above

18-Sep-2018 - Above main post updated with latest stats and SC disaster declaration (for agencies) and a short video from NC DOT ... water, water everywhere ~ stay safe!

20-Sep-2018 10:30a CT - Several more NC counties added to FEMA declaration so individuals and businesses in those NC counties eligible for disaster assistance + updated latest news and stats above

Florence recovery and cleanup is on-going and several South Carolina counties now eligible for disaster assistance ~ more above


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