The Weeks and Months After

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We can’t stop natural disasters, but we can help people recover from the losses they experience in the face of these catastrophic events. As the federal government prepares to deal with the affects of Hurricane Florence off the coast of  the Carolinas it is important to note that government funding and relief efforts can only go so far without the help of the public. It’s also important to remember that relief efforts don’t stop the second the cameras stop rolling; natural disasters can create many years worth of damage. Programs and institutions that understand the need for ongoing disaster relief always need help, so please keep volunteering. Whether you donate your time, physical presence, or money to a relief aid cause, know that all you do has a far greater impact than what you could imagine…especially for those that lose everything.

Below is a press release from the White House outlining the resources that are devoted to serving those immediately affected by Hurricane Florence.  However, when the fanfare, number of volunteers, and resources dwindle, this is when the Impossible Roads Foundation steps in and continues the good work that has already begun.  We encourage you to look for ways to serve your community and fellow Americans this day and the weeks and months after…thereby letting everyone know…that every hurricane survivor’s story of struggle and every community’s impossible road to recovery is not forgotten or dismissed.

Government Resources Devoted to Hurricane Florence (as of 9/14/18):
• More than 3,800 Federal Employees, including more than 1,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), are working with State and local partners to respond to Hurricane Florence.
• The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) prepositioned more than 560 personnel ahead of Florence to support health and medical needs if requested.
• HHS and FEMA have multiple teams in North and South Carolina, including:
• 6 FEMA Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMAT)
• 14 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces
• 4 HHS Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMAT)
• One HHS Incident Management Team (IMT)
• Additional resources are staged in Virginia and Maryland and ready to move into impacted areas as needed, including:
• 3 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces in Virginia
• 3 Disaster Medical Assistance Teams Maryland
• FEMA has 6 Incident Support Bases in North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, and Alabama readily supporting the needs of affected states.
• The United States Coast Guard pre-staged forces in the affected region, including:
• 58 personnel,
• 4 response boats,
• 10 Flood Response Boat Teams,
• 13 Incident Management Assistance Teams, and
• 17 National Strike Force teams.
And that was just the first page.
• Federal resources are pre-positioned in the region, including:
• over 100 helicopters,
• over 6 million meals,
• over 4 million liters of water,
• over 6,000 cots, and
• over 730,000 blankets.
• These pre-positioned resources are ready to augment private sector, State, local, and volunteer organization capacities.
• In addition, non-governmental partners are providing mobile kitchen units capable of preparing more than 300,000 meals per day.

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