2018 Deployment: Hurricane Florence


Active from: Sept 8 to approx Sept 22
Areas of activity: Durham, Fayettesville, Clinton, Warsaw, Beulaville, Pollocksville and Chinquapin
Partner organizations: Cisco, City of Beulaville mayor, NC Baptists on Mission (Richard Weeks in Warsaw)
Deployment activities: Supplying hygiene kits, hotel linens, food, water, baby supplies, elder care supplies and cleaning kits
Amount spent: $14,745.22

Florence was our first major activation since Harvey in TX. Landfall was Wilmington, NC and due to the track it took and lack of volunteers able to deploy we weren’t able to get close to Wilmington with the exception of one volunteer who lived in Wilmington. We weren’t able to support him as we couldn’t get supplies in but he was a on the ground advising us of the area an conditions.

One  Survival Podcast listener, Michelle, works at Cisco and sent out an email to several Cisconians (a terms of endearment for employees of Cisco who assisted that I pulled from the Cisco website). One of those was Bethany Duffrin. Bethany then sent another email to even more people on her team and together they had many people who stated they were interested in volunteering.

Cisco is located in Durham and due to their number of hands, availability of supplies and distance from damage they immediately became our hub of operations. Bethany, being skilled in logistics, planning and exceedingly frugal, became our primary point of contact for almost all of our efforts in NC. She ensured that money was stretched as far as she could and coordinated supply pickups from many stores with many people and was an incredible asset for us.

Supplies were run from Durham to all or almost all of our partner organizations in several cities. This required volunteers driving, in some cases,  more than 2 hours to deliver supplies to the organization or city in need. An adult day care center was fully stocked with supplies., as were a shelter in Clinton and a church in Warsaw. We also sent supplies into other areas with incredible need.