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2018 Hurricane Florence Response

October 9, 2018

What is the MDS response to Hurricane Florence?

A bus load of Amish from Lancaster County PA arrived in Lumberton NC the morning of October 1st. They were the first of a number of early response groups that have, and will continue to, rotate into the Lumberton area over the next couple of weeks.

The assessment team continues to meet with local officials, FEMA and NVOAD partners in new communities to determine where MDS should respond.

Donors have been generous with online, mail-in and telethon contributions.

MDS has volunteer teams on standby ready to respond.

MDS has prepared equipment and supplies for the volunteer teams. This includes extra fuel, generators, communication devices, portable office kits and fully stocked tool trailers.   

MDS early response team volunteers will do cleanup, muck out, chainsaw work and temporary repairs.

How can I volunteer?

Right now MDS is looking for volunteers with these specific skills sets, persons who:
• Are physically able to lift and carry heavy items
• Have chainsaw skills
• Can operate a skid steer
• Can bring their own chainsaw
• Can bring their own skid steer (with grapple)

You can complete this form and let us know of your interest. 

How can I donate? 

You can donate online here for US donations or here for Canadian donations.  

What does MDS do with the donations?
Your gifts help MDS clean up, repair and rebuild homes in the hurricane-affected areas. Donations cover the costs of tools, equipment and vehicles and support volunteers with food, accommodations and transportation to the work site.