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Hurricane Florence - Information and Resources for RHA Staff
Can RHA Units Organize To Help With Hurricane Relief?

Many have asked if RHA staff can band together to help those impacted by Hurricane Florence.

First, understand that RHA isn’t set up to be a disaster relief organization.  We encourage those wanting to help others to donate money and supplies to the American Red Cross and other such organizations.

That said, units CAN work to help staff impacted by the hurricane.  But there are guidelines to ensure we stay ethical and adhere to relevant laws and RHA policy.  According to RHA' Solicitation Policy, units can gather donations of money and supplies.

Key Solicitation Policy Areas To Follow:

  • Your unit's Administrator or Director must approve these efforts
  • Any communications (emails, flyers, etc.) must state “Approved by RHA Administrator or Director”
  • Personal information about those being helped (health, financial, personal, address, etc.) will be kept confidential.
Can staff donate PTO time to another employee?
Unfortunately, staff can not donate PTO time.  Our policy and systems simply do not support this.

Donate Needed Items to PolkaDotMama Melanoma Foundation by Wednesday (9/19) morning!

The PolkaDotMama Foundation is collecting supplies into Wednesday morning to take to communities in need in WNC.  They will fill their Shade Shuttle with supplies for those in need and deliver starting Wednesday September 19.

Here is a list of items in highest demand:
  • water
  • diapers
  • baby wipes
  • baby formula
  • feminine products
  • deodorant
  • hand sanitizer
  • cleaning supplies (Clorox, bleach)
  • contractor bags for yard debris
  • snacks
  • canned food 
Items can be delivered to 925 Alden Bridge Drive, Cary, NC 27519 or shipped via Amazon to that same address (arrival by Wed am is important).  We will be collecting from today until Wednesday morning. 

Thank you for considering how our community can help those in immediate need,

Warm regards
Polka Dot Mama Melanoma Foundation Team

Office: (919) 755-2671 | Mobile: (919) 280-3324

Company Updates:  Monday, 9/17/18

A call was held Monday morning with NC units reporting:
  • Staff throughout NC really stepped up, working multiple shifts. THANK YOU!
  • All persons-supported made it through the hurricane safe!
  • Many persons-supported were moved to safe locations, per their emergency management plan.
  • As large center and group home building safety is verified, and power is restored, persons-supported will be moved from safe shelter locations back to their homes.
  • Please take pictures of any damage, no matter how minimal it appears.  This will help in our recovery efforts.

Flooding Is Still A Risk!
  • FIMAN website - Flood Inundation Mapping and Alert Network - See current river levels and river crest information
  • Stay vigilant!

Other Online Resources

NC Department of Transportation Map - Current travel information, open/closed roads

National Weather Service - Regular weather updates

NC Dept of Public Safety website - NC Emergency Management website.

NC Healthcare Preparedness Coalition - Unit leaders should work with the coalition nearest them you to find the local debriefing in your area.

RHA-Specific Information

At RHA, we have emergency plans in place at each unit to help guide us through managing any emergencies that may arise.

Unit 'To-Do's Before A Disaster Strikes
  • Please refer to your Emergency Operations plan.  Appendix B will have the key information you need.
  • Identify your incident commander.
  • Ensure your staff are aware of their responsibilities.
  • Be ready to institute your emergency evacuation plan, if needed.
  • Reach out to your MCO's, Regional Coalitions, etc.  They will be able to connect you to resources.
  • Start reaching out to family members of the people we serve and support.
Need Assistance from Hurricane Florence?  Text 'Florence' to 898211 to reach a 211 specialist

Get Help!

Workers who are or may become unemployed due to Hurricane Florence may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). To start the process, the easiest and most efficient way to file is online.

Includes information on current and expected flooding.

Hurricane Florence Resources

From NC Center for Nonprofits

NC 2-1-1    Real-time health and human services resources and support

A Just Florence Recovery    Resources and support for frontline-to-frontline relief and mobilization

NC Department of Health & Human Services    Health and human services resources

NC Network of Grantmakers    Information and resources related to the philanthropic response

NC Small Business and Technology Development Center    Recovery assistance for NC businesses

ReadyNC    Recovery and rebuilding resources and assistance for individuals and communities


All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response

American Red Cross

FEMA – Hurricane Florence

US Small Business Administration

 Activate Good

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh

Cumberland Community Foundation

Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

NC Child


North Carolina Community Foundation    Covers many rural parts of eastern North Carolina

North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund

Outer Banks Community Foundation

Samaritan’s Purse

SBP (St. Bernard Parish)

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina    Additional links to get food and pet food assistance in your area

SPCA and local Humane Societies    For displaced animals

UNC American Indian Center

United Way of North Carolina (and local United Ways)

Bob Turner,
Sep 18, 2018, 9:23 AM
Bob Turner,
Sep 14, 2018, 11:34 AM