International Medical Corps is mobilizing resources and deploying an assessment team to the Carolinas, as Hurricane Florence has grown into a potentially catastrophic storm. With landfall in southeastern North Carolina, the storm is likely to paralyze a large region of the country, and the millions in Florence's path could be without electricity, straining healthcare and other critically needed services. Our teams are pre-positioning to quickly respond should local officials need support.
Hurricane Florence is slowly barreling through the Carolina coast, where it threatens to be the most intense storm to strike the region in at least 25 years. The National Hurricane Center reports that Florence has already dropped more than two feet of rain in areas of southeastern North Carolina. The storm is predicted to unload disastrous amounts of rain, potentially up to 40 inches in some areas, which may result in life-threatening flooding.
As Hurricane Florence has grown into an anticipated catastrophic storm, International Medical Corps is mobilizing resources and deploying an assessment team to the Carolinas to rapidly identify needs and call forward the staff, supplies and equipment required to support the locally led response efforts. We are ready to activate mobile medical teams and other critical services should they be needed.
International Medical Corps' approach is to help people help themselves to the extent possible, ensuring a sustained and long-term impact in the communities we serve. A pre-eminent first responder for more than three decades, International Medical Corps has extensive experience building back better, providing medical care and other lifesaving relief in the aftermath of disasters. Most recent hurricane responses include Hurricanes Maria and Irma hitting the U.S. and Caribbean in 2017.