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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.
WATCH FOR SCAMMERS:
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:
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 llr.sc.gov.
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.
DISASTER ASSISTANCE for NC and SC:
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
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 DisasterAssistance.gov, 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:
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 DisasterLoan.sba.gov. Information about low-interest SBA disaster loans and application forms are available online at SBA.gov/disaster or by calling 800-659-2955 (TTY users call 800-877-8339) or via email to DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov. 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.
HOW PEOPLE CAN HELP:
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:
Local, state & federal links and preparedness resources
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning After a Disaster (Generator safety tips)
NC Emergency Management Ready NC (get their app to stay current on updates) www.readync.org
NC Emergency Management social media ids
NC DPS Hurricane Florence page (evacuation routes and orders, shelter locations, road conditions, ferry schedules, assistance, etc) https://www.ncdps.gov/florence
NC real-time flood mapping and alert system http://fiman.nc.gov/fiman
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) www.nc211.org
NC Road Conditions / TIMS (interactive Traveler Information Management System provides current road conditions by Region, Route or County in NC) https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/
SC Emergency Management Division https://www.scemd.org/
SCEMD social media ids
SC app (download app for updates) https://www.scemd.org/stay-informed/mobile-applications/
SC Know Your Zone page (evacuation orders by county, find your zone, download SCEMD app, etc.) https://www.scemd.org/prepare/know-your-zone/
SC Emergency Shelters https://www.scemd.org/stay-informed/emergency-shelters/
SC CodeRED Alerts (sign up for notifications) https://www.scemd.org/stay-informed/codered-alerts/
Virginia Dept of Emergency Management VAemergency.gov
VA evacuation zones & updates KnowYourZoneVA.org
PETS and LARGE ANIMALS/LIVESTOCK
FEMA pet preparedness tips & resources https://www.ready.gov/animals
North Carolina Dept of Ag large animal / livestock resources http://www.ncagr.gov/disaster/index.htm
South Carolina livestock resources from Clemson University (PDFs)
AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Foundation) preparedness checklists for large animal & livestock https://www.avma.org/public/EmergencyCare/Pages/Large-Animals-and-L...
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) https://www.facebook.com/groups/EastCoastEquineEvacuation
FEMA, National Hurricane Center & other Federal resources
FEMA Hurricane/TS Florence page www.fema.gov/hurricane-florence
FEMA Disaster Assistance www.DisasterAssistance.gov (Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in designated areas (see counties at top of post) can apply for assistance by registering at www.DisasterAssistance.gov 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) www.fema.gov/florence-rumors
Social media ids:
FEMA app (real-time alerts, safety tips, emergency shelters and disaster recovery centers in your area, customizable emergency kit checklist, emergency family plan, and reminders, register for disaster assistance, etc.) https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app
FEMA preparedness resources:
DoD (Dept of Defense):
Hurricane Florence resources & info page https://dod.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1628035/
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