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Hurricane Florence update from Lutheran Disaster Response of Ohio


Hurricane Florence made landfall as a Category 1 storm at 7:15am EST this morning at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina and has brought more than a foot of rainwater in the southeastern part of the state since then. The hurricane is moving very slowly – only 3-6 mph – and is poised to dump up to 40 of rain before moving away from the southeastern U.S. coast. Nearly 10 million people are caught in Hurricane Florence’s devastating path, and community recovery will be long and arduous.

Lutheran Services Carolinas leads relief and long-term recovery efforts in times of major disasters in North and South Carolina and works with local and national partners to ensure people and communities are able to rebuild.

You can help by making a donation to Lutheran Services Carolinas here. Every gift helps seniors, children, families, and communities across the Carolinas to rebuild and recover from this disaster.

Ways to Help:

  • Make a gift to Lutheran Services Carolinas’ disaster recovery efforts to assist those affected by the storm across the Carolinas.
  • ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response provides ongoing assistance to those in need, including Hurricane Harvey relief – 100% of gifts for this disaster will be used until the response is complete. Make your gift here.
  • LCMS Disaster Response will be coordinating with the Southeastern and Florida- Georgia District to develop and sustain relief efforts in the disaster zone.
  • Episcopal Relief and Development will be supporting relief and recovery work on the southeastern coast.

Other Ways to Help:

  • Pray for those who are affected or in need following Hurricane Florence.
  • Volunteer with local disaster service agencies where ever help is needed most.
  • Partner with local churches or other organizations to provide food, hygiene products, pet food, diapers, and basic resources where needed.
  • Share this information with your family, friends, churches, and colleagues. o DO NOT SEND MATERIAL GOODS (i.e. clothing, food, water, supplies). o DO NOT SELF-DEPLOY.

For more information contact:

John Pyron | Ohio Statewide Director of Disaster Services | Email:

John is our main point of contact for Lutheran Disaster Response and stays connected with the disaster response teams in other states so we know exactly what's needed and when. Don't hesitate to contact John if your congregation has questions about how you can help now and in the future.

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