Disaster Relief Update| September 9, 2019
Hurricane Dorian didn’t cause the widespread damage to eastern North Carolina as previous storms did. However, some of our friends on the North Carolina coast were impacted.
Hurricane Dorian briefly made landfall at Cape Hatteras on Friday morning, September 6th as a Category-2 hurricane. It dropped nearly 12 inches of rain and had wind gusts of near 100 miles per hour, with water levels rising 5-7 feet in some places on the Outer Banks.
Ocracoke experienced historic flooding. Ferries are restarting services today to help residents get back to the island to start assessing and addressing damages from Dorian.
To support immediate relief needs on the coast, we’re following the North Carolina Community Foundation’s recommendation and pointing Foundation donors to the Outer Banks Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund. This fund will directly assist people and families in need in Ocracoke and across Dare County on the Outer Banks.
For relief efforts in the Bahamas, consider the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties (where a fundholder is matching the first $100,000 in donations) or Key Biscayne Community Foundation’s fund for the Bahamas.
If you are interested in supporting relief efforts locally or in the Bahamas, you can do so via the foundations’ websites directly or by visiting DonorCentral and making a grant from the fund that you advise.
Disaster Relief Update| September 6, 2019
Thankfully, all indications show that the Triangle was spared from serious damage from Hurricane Dorian. We believe that not all of our friends on the NC coast have fared similarly, and we are awaiting word from the nonprofits on the ground regarding the needs of their communities. We will publish resources for giving once we have more information, on Monday, September 9. If you wish to give to the relief efforts in the Bahamas, please see our earlier update below for instructions.
Disaster Relief Update| September 4, 2019
Triangle Community Foundation has been watching closely as Hurricane Dorian slowly makes its way towards our state, because we know that our donors want to respond philanthropically to whatever community is hit the hardest. We are working with our peers locally and will be prepared to share the needs of our local nonprofits and opportunities for disaster relief should it become necessary. We will also be prepared to share information regarding ways to help our neighbors on the coast, and other areas affected in our state if need be. Once available, you will be able to find this information by email from us, through our website, on DonorCentral, and on our social media channels.
In the meantime, we have all seen the destruction caused by Dorian as it pummeled the Bahamas, and in response, Florida’s Key Biscayne Community Foundation has set up a disaster relief fund to ensure help is received on the ground there. If you are interested in supporting this effort, you can do so on their website directly or by visiting DonorCentral and making a grant from the fund that you advise.
Storms can be unpredictable, and it is best to be prepared. If you feel as though you need assistance preparing for the storm before it hits, or know someone who does, we recommend calling 2-1-1, our state’s resource to connect you to nonprofits who can help meet your needs locally. If you have questions for our staff, please reach out by email here. Please note that should things become dangerous here in the Triangle, the safety of our staff comes first and we will disperse updated information as soon as it is safe to do so.
Be safe, reach out to those who need help, and stay connected as we prepare as best we can for whatever this storm should bring to our state.