Preparing for Hurricane Florence and Recovery
By now you’ve probably read several letters like this one, but as North Carolina’s leading business advocacy organization, we are taking the threat of this storm and its impact on our region very seriously. While we can’t predict exactly what devastation Florence might leave in her wake or what her final path might be, we do know that her destruction will have lasting effects on the people of North and South Carolina.
From the Governor’s office to the White House, our team has been in touch with state and federal government to ensure that you, your employees and your business have the resources you need to weather this storm now and in the weeks to come. Please take the time to review ReadyNC’s preparation tips, and find a list of other resources below:
- FEMA National Business Emergency Operations Center
- National Hurricane Center’s Florence Page
- NCDPS’ Florence Page
- Ready NC
- Statewide Information Line: Dial 211 or 888-892-1162 for 24/7 information about nearby shelter, food assistance, housing and other storm-related help.
- List of Shelters
Helping Those Impacted
While eastern North Carolina continues to rebuild after Hurricane Matthew, Florence has us focused on what we can do ahead of time to ensure our state is ready and what we can do to swiftly facilitate recovery. We have heard from several of you asking what your business can do to help. If your company would like to offer assistance to help prepare for Florence or her aftermath, please visit www.rebuild.nc.gov/donate for financial assistance or if you’d like to offer your services, please call 919–825-2599, which will direct you to the Emergency Response Joint Center.
Business has already stepped up in a major way ahead of Florence’s landfall. NC Chamber Cornerstone member Duke Energy is bringing in thousands of linemen from across the country to help our state. When the time comes, these men and women will venture out into the thick of this storm to restore power to our hospitals, emergency crews, shelters, homes and more. Yamaha Marine Group, also an NC Chamber Cornerstone member, has expressed interest in offering their products to help in preparation of the storm and during recovery. We know so many of your organizations generously offer assistance during times of need, not only here but in every corner of the country, so I know there are and will be many more stories like these.
Our state and its people are resilient. No matter what Florence brings the Old North State, we will band together, lend helping hands and show why North Carolina is “where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great.” If there is anything that we can do to help you and your business during this time, please let us know. We are here for you.
President and CEO