Hurricane Florence Update

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Last updated 09/19/18 12:45pm

Please know that your Trident United Way team has been coordinating with community partners and executing its Emergency Operations Plan since Monday, September 10 to ensure that we can continue our core vital work in education, financial stability and health, while also be offering our neighbors ways to GIVE, ADVOCATE AND VOLUNTEER after Hurricane Florence.

ASSESSING THE CHANGING NEEDS:

Trident United Way is working in real time with many of its funded partners and additional 501(c)(3) community and faith-based partners participating in the Safety Net Assistance Network to determine how best to address needs at the community level.  For example, there are over 250 community agencies trained by Trident United Way to use the CharityTrackerTM communication system, provided free of charge. Trident United Way will share more timely information about emerging community needs on our website and via Facebook as the picture becomes clearer.

GIVE: PROVIDE A ONE-TIME ABOVE AND BEYOND GIFT FOR RECOVERY EFFORTS

If you wish to donate to the recovery effort to our neighbors north and west of us, you can give a one-time above-and-beyond gift through the United Ways of South Carolina Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund. 
 
OR 
 
Text FLORENCE to 501501 to donate $10 via mobile phone.
 
Please be advised that during a disaster, it is difficult for organizations to accept and distribute collected goods. The best way to support the response and recovery effort is to donate monetarily for locations with impacted households and businesses. At this time, United Ways in the affected areas are not accepting donations of items from individuals or groups. 

ADVOCATE: SHARE THIS INFORMATION 

USE SC 2-1-1 TO CONNECT TO INFORMATION AND RESOURCES: 

SC 2-1-1 is a free hotline that provides information to individuals seeking community resources like shelter, food and water, recovery support, and other basic needs, before, during and after disasters.  The service is available in 180 languages 24/7 by simply dialing 2-1-1 or visiting 211.org.

Encourage friends or colleagues in need of NON-EMERGENCY assistance to dial 2-1-1 from a landline or a mobile phone. Individuals searching for other general information on disaster resources can search the website http://www.SC211.org; or use the app. The SC 2-1-1 app is available for download in Google Play and the App Store. It is free to download and free to use.

SC 2-1-1 information and referral is a free, confidential service that connects individuals to health and human services 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Sponsored by Trident United Way, 2-1-1 is fully staffed and ready to receive calls. 

VOLUNTEER: LEND A HELPING HAND AFTER THE STORM 

Sign up now to support Hurricane Florence relief, response and recovery efforts. Volunteer opportunities will be posted as they become available, for now please register here.

South Carolinians can call 1-800-451-1954 for free help with debris cleanup and removal from local relief agencies.

 

OTHER HELPFUL LINKS

Individuals anywhere in the U.S. can now text FLORENCE to 898-211 to receive state-specific hurricane updates and information

Stay informed. We recommend that all residents download the SC Emergency Manager mobile app and visit SCEMD.org for the most accurate and up-to-date information, tools, and resources related to Hurricane Florence. SC Emergency Manager app can help you find your evacuation zone and plan your departure and return.

Follow the forecast. For the most current forecasts related to Hurricane Florence, visit and follow the National Hurricane Center.

Be prepared. Check out SCEMD's 2018 Hurricane Guide for information on how to prepare your household for the storm. A Spanish version is also available. Take a look at traffic conditions before you get on the road by visiting the SC DOT site.

To watch Governor McMaster's daily press briefings, go to SCETV.org.