Sep 29, 2022
Folks on the ground in Florida continue to post reports on damage and conditions. One person reported a tree down on their house. Many areas were severely flooded—there were second hand reports of people trapped on the second floor of apartment buildings where the first floor was completely full of water. Large areas are without power and people are beginning to look for food resources; Mutual Aid is distributing inforation about existing resources such as food pantries and Food Not Bombs, as well as working to coordinate cooking & distributing.
Folks further away are putting together a map of where supplies are available in-state; there will likely be volunteer work to do in calling locations when that's ready to go. If you'd like to help in that way, you can let me know.
Here in central NC we have identified one or two willing drivers, though we don't yet have a large vehicle. We do know of others coming through the area headed south. The attached graphic contains a "needs list" which is largely drawn from the cumulative experience across several similar weather disasters. If you have any of those supplies on had and would like to donate them, please reach out. For the moment, though, we are not recommending people spend money to buy supplies to donate, but rather send that money to the donation links provided in the graphic. Over the next few days we should learn if there are supplies which become unavailable closer to the impacted areas. At that point we will reevaluate and perhaps put out a new "needs list" and do a concerted push for supply donations.