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Hurricane Resources & Relief


 Hurricane Florence bears down on the North Carolina Coast. Source: Associated Press

Help the victims of hurricane Florence - or seek relief if you are in need.

NEA members help brothers and sisters affected by Hurricane Florence

Members of the National Education Association are coming together to help educators and their families affected by Hurricane Florence. NEA, NEA Member Benefits, and NEA State Affiliates affected by Florence, have combined fundraising efforts to assist members affected by the hurricane. 

NEA Member Benefits is facilitating disaster relief funding collection to help support members affected by Hurricane Florence. NEA MB has set up two opportunities for NEA members, affiliates and business partners to help support recovery efforts:

  • Individuals may contribute to the NEA Hurricane Florence Relief Fund via a special GoFundMe page.
  • NEA Affiliates and other organizations, including NEA MB business partners, may make donations via check.

For more information on how to contribute, please visit the NEA MB website at https://www.neamb.com/how-you-can-help.htm. Please note that 100% of funds donated will go to affected NEA members and their families through their state affiliates.


NEA Member Benefits Assistance

NEA Member Benefits is here to support educators in tough times. For members affected by Hurricane Florence, including damage to a house, auto, or classroom as the result of the hurricanes, visit www.neamb.com/disaster-assistance.htm for more information about which NEA MB Partner offers might apply to you and your situation. You may also contact the Member Service Center toll-free at 1-800-637-4636.


NEA Resources

Educators know that when disasters such as Hurricane Florence strike, children are often traumatized and they need help from families and educators to cope and heal. NEA is providing resources and information to help deal with students' fears and questions.

NEA’s School Crisis Guide (  PDF)
A step-by-step outline of what to do before, during, and after any school or community crisis like a natural disaster. NEA offers best practices that address the full spectrum of crisis response from how to prevent and prepare for a crisis to how to respond and recover in the minutes, days and weeks following the event.


Resources for Educators, Students and Families

Source: Associated Press

American Red Cross The American Red Cross is working around the clock to provide safe shelter and comfort for the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by this disaster.

North Carolina Department of Public Safety central web site for North Carolina response.

The American School Counselor Association provides an extensive list of resources for helping kids deal with hurricanes and floods.

Colorin Colorado Colorin Colorado is a bilingual web site for educators and families has information on how to help children after a natural disaster and additional resources.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network “After the Hurricane: Helping Young Children Heal”.

Harvest Hope Food Banks are in need of donations for food banks across the Carolinas.

United Way provides basic needs such as food, shelter and medicine, as well as the long-term recovery services.


Additional Resources

Tips for Parents: Helping Kids Cope with Hurricane Harvey (Save the Children)
Remembering Hurricane Katrina: 15 Moving Books for Kids of All Ages (Brightly)
Recommended Children's Books About Hurricanes (ThoughtCo)
Talk to Your Kids About Hurricanes (Scholastic)


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