The past two weeks have been challenging for PACE programs and citizens throughout the state, particularly those located in southern and eastern North Carolina. Hurricane Florence simply wouldn’t leave, dumping massive amounts of rain for days. All of our PACE programs experienced storm impacts (closures, power outages, transportation challenges, leaky roofs), but Elderhaus in Wilmington and LIFE St. Joseph of the Pines in Fayetteville were hardest hit.
Land access to Wilmington was cut off for several days, making it very difficult for evacuees to return home. Elderhaus sustained minimal damage to its facilities, but some staff and participants were displaced by flooding and fallen trees. Many LIFE St. Joseph staff members and participants were evacuated due to flooding which continued well after Flo dissipated, and some staff members suffered extensive damage to their homes. Despite it all, our PACE programs maintained constant contact with participants and their caregivers to ensure everyone’s safety. All programs are now re-opened, although closed and damaged roads will continue to present transportation issues.
How You Can Help
To donate to the NC Disaster Relief Fund established in the Governor's office, go to this website or text Florence to 20222. Contributions can also be mailed to:
NC Disaster Relief Fund
20312 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699
To find a fairly comprehensive list of recovery resources including information on several additional charitable organizations accepting donations and a listing of the most needed items after a disaster, as well as information on helping pets stranded by the storm, filing insurance claims and replacing important documents, go to the WRAL-TV website.
If you have questions about a specific PACE program, please email us at the NC PACE Association or call 919-234-1707.