Episcopal Relief & Development supports hurricane recovery in western North Carolina – Episcopal News Service
Episcopal Relief & Development has partnered with the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina to provide resources and support to Latin American communities in the western part of the state in response to Tropical Storm Fred and d other storms that hit the region in 2021.
“The Diocese of Western North Carolina has seen an increase in the number of people across North Carolina seeking disaster relief assistance following the pandemic and multiple tropical storms in 2021,” said Lura Steele, program manager, US Disaster Program, Episcopal Relief & Development. “Staff identified significant needs in Latin American communities in particular and developed a plan to meet those needs.”
Tropical Storm Fred was the most destructive storm to hit North Carolina during the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. The storm moved through the western part of North Carolina on August 17, dumping more than a foot of rain on already flooded areas and causing flash flooding. It also spawned several tornadoes. Millions of dollars worth of property, homes, buildings and crops were damaged or destroyed.
The diocese partners with Episcopal Relief & Development and works with the Episcopal Ministry of Agricultural Workers and other regional organizations to provide assistance to Latin American communities, including undocumented workers, who have been affected by recent disasters . The diocese is creating a joint program of disaster preparedness training and long-term support, including direct financial assistance, shelter, medical care, clothing and other supplies. The program will develop and distribute disaster health and safety information in Spanish based on materials created by Episcopal Relief & Development.
“Many agricultural and undocumented workers in Latin American communities have lost income due to the pandemic and tropical storms,” Steele continued. “This program aims to accompany them to help rebuild and prepare for future disasters.”
Click here to learn more about Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program.