Hurricane Florence Relief
OE-0030 - October 2018 - SAF 1 - North America - USA - North Carolina
The Mission Assessment Division of our Operations Section began tracking what would become Hurricane Florence early in its development and prepared plans for a potential response as the storm headed for the mid-Atlantic coast. As the scope of the disaster became clear, Operation Endeavor called on its community partners, especially the Liberty Rotary Club, to organize a supply drive. The local community showed an outpouring of support and enough disaster relief supplies to fill two 26-foot box trucks were gathered for delivery to the disaster area, along with the funds and drivers required to execute the delivery. A team of Operation Endeavor Mission Specialists deployed by ground to Clinton, North Carolina where the trucks were destined with overwatch provided by the Mission Control Division. There, the trucks were unloaded at a designated Point of Delivery (POD) for distribution throughout the disaster area. The team then remained on site for two days in the rural areas of Sampson and Duplin Counties where some communities suffered the total loss of as many as 9 in 10 homes. The team worked alongside local community partners including the United Way of Sampson County, local clubs of Rotary International, and the Duplin County Search and Rescue Team to deploy several satellite distribution sites where supplies were delivered directly to affected families.