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Disaster: Resources for After the Storm

Preparing for Severe Weather:

Make an evacuation plan: Make plans now as to how and where you and your family will evacuate should it become necessary this hurricane season. Make arrangements now with inland friends or family to shelter you and your family should evacuation become necessary. 

Add the North Carolina evacuation routes map internet site to the home screen of your smart phone, tablet, and home computer.  

Find Road Conditions and Closures/Re-openings: 

Pender County Emergency Management


Hurricane Preparedness for Persons with Special Needs:   Residents  of Pender County who have special medical needs and may need assistance in finding shelter or transportation during a disaster such as a hurricane, can apply to be placed on a Pender County registry.
The registry provides county staff with contact information for special needs individuals before an emergency to ensure they have a safe place to go and a way to get there. The information on the registry will not be released or used for any other purpose. Being listed in the registry does not mean that a person must go to a shelter; in fact going to the homes of families or friends is encouraged. For more important information and to make application to the registry, please visit  and click on the Special Needs Registry Form towards the bottom of the page.


MOVING? or temporarily relocated? 

Please let us know: 


GIVING: Want to give to help those impacted by the storms?

Parish repairs through OFFERTORY: 

Local emergency assistance through parish OUTREACH:

Catholic Relief Services:

Catholic Charities of the Cape Fear Region, Hurricane Florence relief efforts 


AFTER THE STORM -- Disaster Relief Resources:

Disaster Relief Handbook by Legal Aid of North Carolina (open PDF document)

HOPE in Msgr. Joseph's homily after Hurricane Florence.


If you have damage to your home

  1. Contact your insurance company
  2. Take lots of pictures and repair any damage that must be repaired and make sure damage well documented - leaks etc as you are able
  3. Register with Crisis Clean Up Hotline - Virtual Call Center 1-800-451-1954.  This organization matches cleanup jobs (yard debris, muck-out, some tree work) with volunteer organizations ready and willing to help for free. 
  4. Dial 211 - This is a Help Hotline run by the United Way

FEMA:    1-800-621-3362

Pender County Social Services  Did you lose a lot of food while power was out during and after the storm? Apply for disaster-replacement food stamps: Phone: 910-259-1240 Email:

RSVP: Retired Senior Volunteer Program Pender Adult Services, such as rides for seniors:  Barbara Mullins, RSVP910-259-9119 ext. 25;

Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities Raleigh - info on getting help, volunteering to help with disaster relief
Office Manager:

Catholic Charities Cape Fear regional offices:

  • Wilmington, 910-251-8130
  • Burgaw - 910-259-5153

Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity’s Disaster REBUILD Program provides up to $35,000 per home rebuilding assistance for low-to-moderate income homeowners in New Hanover, Pender, & Duplin Counties who've sustained damage to their home due to a natural disaster. REBUILD info: 910-762-4744,


Disaster Unemployment Assistance 1-866-795-8877


Links to Local Resources from state rep 



National Resources

Disaster Distress Hotline  1-800-985-5990

Disaster Legal Services  1-866-550-2929

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)  1-800-385-3920

FEMA Fraud Hotline  1-800-323-8603

Crisis Clean-Up –National  1-800-451-1954

United Way  #211 or Resources

DSNAP Disaster Food Stamps  1-866-762-2237

Division of Workers Compensation  1-800-742-2214

Free Credit Reports  1-877-322-8228 

Social Security Administration  1-800-772-1213

Help to report and recover from Identity theft

Veterans Administration  1-800-827-1000

U.S. Dept. of Labor: Unemployment and other Assistance  1-866-4-USA-DOL

Replacing birth certificates, Social Security cards, Medicaid card, etc.  1-844-USA-GOV1

State Resources:

NC Crisis Clean Up  1-828-222-3211

North Carolina Department of Human Services: Disability Services  1-800-662-7030

Aging and Adult Services  1-919-855-3400

North Carolina USDA Farm Service Agency  1-919-875-4800

Hopeline, Inc. Crisis Line  1-919-231-4525

North Carolina Unemployment Insurance Compensation - Automated Application Line  1-888-372-3453

North Carolina Dept of HHS- Food Stamp/TANF/Medicaid  1-919-855-4800

North Carolina Division of Social Services - Care-Line (financial)  1-800-662-7030

North Carolina Division of Social Services (Health Care)  1-800-662-7030

Social - Housing Resource Helpline  1-877-428-8844

NC Attorney General  1-919-716-6400

North Carolina Reduce Fee Legal Service Referral  1-800-662-7407

North Carolina - Vital Records



GIVE to support disaster recovery efforts:

make a donation

Indicate disaster relief in comments when prompted. Your donations will be put to work in our region, especially supporting the hurricane, flooding and disaster relief works of Catholic Charities.


A Prayer of Relief

Loving and gracious God,

All love and mercy compels us to the side of our brothers and sisters. In our charity, and in our compassion, help us stand with them. In our solidarity and in our sharing, help us stand with them. In our advocacy, and in our prayer, help us stand with them. And as we turn to them in their peril, we ask your grace go with us: To feed the hungry, give us your grace. To give drink to the thirsty, give us your grace. To clothe the naked, give us your grace. To shelter the homeless, give us your grace. To care for the sick, give us your grace. To reach the trapped and the stranded, give us your grace. To mourn the dead, give us your grace. And in reaching out, may we find you in them. And may they find you in us. 


- adapted from a prayer of Catholic Relief Services

Saint Medard, patron saint for protection against bad storms, we ask you to intercede for us during the storms of our lives as well as the storms in nature.

Protect our families and our homes.

 We pray for assistance for the victims of hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters.

 Loving God, send in more helpers, and multiply resources and supplies for the aid of those in need.

 You calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee; deliver us from the storms that are raging around us now.

 Saint Medard, pray for us!

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