We have deployed to North Carolina to assess the damage from Hurricane Florence and determine the biggest needs of the hardest-hit communities. We anticipate providing emergency cash aid to families so they can purchase what they need most.Donate now
UPDATE: Responding to Hurricane Florence
We're currently mobilizing to assist those most affected by Hurricane Florence in the hardest-hit areas in North and South Carolina. We anticipate providing cash assistance to especially vulnerable community members and those likely to be missed in broader relief efforts — including the elderly and people with disabilities.
“The rivers are at record levels already, and they’re still not expected to crest until Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday," says Jill Morehead, Mercy Corps’ Emergency Response Team Leader. "We’ve heard that people should expect flooding in places that haven’t seen floods in recent memory, and they should prepare to get to higher ground."
According to news reports, at least 32 people have died. Some areas have seen up to 40 inches of rain. There are about 350,000 people still without power.
Following natural disasters, we often collaborate with other organizations and local governments to meet the immediate needs of those most affected and lay the groundwork for lasting transformation. For Hurricane Florence, we are working with Team Rubicon to help those affected. Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to deploy emergency response teams rapidly.
We are committed to empowering people around the world to survive through crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good. Recognized as a leader in delivering rapid, lifesaving aid to hard-hit communities, we have responded to almost every global emergency in the past 20 years, including the Nepal earthquakes (2015), Philippines typhoon (2013), the Japan earthquake and tsunami (2011), Horn of Africa drought and hunger crisis (2010) and Kashmir earthquake (2005). We were also one of the first responders to the Indian Ocean tsunami (2004) and Haiti earthquake (2010).
Our U.S. efforts
We're proud to call Portland, Oregon home of our global headquarters, and we also have offices in Washington, D.C. and Cambridge, MA. We partner with our team members around the world to help people survive crises, overcome adversity and transform their lives. Learn more about our global work ▸
Though much of Mercy Corps’ work takes places internationally, we’re also committed to achieving our mission close to home. Our local projects focus on fostering strong, productive and informed communities right here in the Pacific Northwest.
And our global emergency response team stands at the ready to respond to disasters across the U.S. in times of extreme need, such as after Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
While most of our work focuses on international responses, we do respond to domestic disasters in moments of extreme crisis. Given the monumental scale of destruction and the overwhelming needs, Mercy Corps has been working hard to support relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
We also supported several organizations that helped communities in Texas recover from Hurricane Harvey. We primarily focused on helping organizations that have a deep history in the Houston area working with vulnerable, at-risk and under-served populations.
Our U.S. programs include:
- Mercy Corps Action Center: Hosting exhibits, lectures and youth workshops that bring our global programs to life and educate the local community about issues affecting our world. Learn more about the Action Center, located in our global headquarters ▸
- Mercy Corps Northwest: Supporting local small business development and helping underserved populations build stronger lives. Find out more about Mercy Corps Northwest, our local economic development nonprofit ▸
- MicroMentor: Connecting budding entrepreneurs with established mentors, and offering business leaders an opportunity to volunteer their expertise. Learn about MicroMentor, a free social network for business mentorship ▸
- Emergency response: Bolstering local agencies’ response to domestic disasters. Directly distributing cash and essential supplies such as water filters and solar lanterns to help families in urgent need survive and recover.
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