• Following the destruction from Hurricane Florence to the Carolinas and Georgia in September, the Coast Guard Foundation activated its Disaster Relief and Response Fund.

  • The activation resulted from news that Coast Guard members were living in affected areas suffering from personal property loss, including damage to homes and vehicles, as a result of Hurricane Florence.

  • The Disaster Relief and Response Fund has also been activated for Hurricanes Katrina, Harvey and Irma, as well as those for those affected by wildfires and mudslides in Arizona.


Hurricane Florence, which made landfall in North Carolina on September 14, was the wettest tropical cyclone ever recorded in the state, and the eighth-wettest overall in the contiguous United States. The storm dropped nearly 36 inches of rain in Elizabethtown, N.C., and serious flooding remained in numerous cities several weeks after the storm itself moved out. 

Many of the people responding to citizens’ calls for help during and after the storm have been members of the U.S. Coast Guard. Within four days of Florence making landfall, Coast Guard members had rescued 426 people and 234 pets. More than 26 shallow-water response boat teams had been deployed in North Carolina alone, with 116 personnel. Nearly 200 Coast Guard members were at the incident command post in the state. For weeks after the storm, teams were restoring aids to navigation for boaters on the waterways, with nearly 300 reported discrepancies.

Now, to help those Coast Guard members, the Coast Guard Foundation has activated its Disaster Relief and Response Fund. 

North Carolina was not the only state affected by Florence. In a press conference, the Governor of South Carolina, Roy Cooper, made a statement: "Florence is gone, but the storm’s devastation is still with us." Photo Credit: AP Photo/Jeffrey S. Collins.

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“The activation is a result of reports from the Carolinas and Georgia that Coast Guard members living in affected areas suffered personal property loss, including damage to homes and vehicles, as a result of Hurricane Florence,” the Foundation announced in a press release.

The Disaster Relief and Response Fund also was activated to help Coast Guard members who responded to Hurricanes Katrina, Harvey and Irma, as well as those affected by wildfires and mudslides in Arizona.

Not long after Hurricane Florence, the Florida panhandle experience another storm, Hurricane Micheal, in which aircraft and personnel from multiple Coast Guard Air Stations prepped for response operations. Photo Credit: United States Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexandria Preston



“The brave men and women of the Coast Guard operate at a constant state of readiness to immediately respond in times of tragedy,” Susan Ludwig, president of the Coast Guard Foundation, stated in the press release. “To complete these vital missions, they must be able to focus without distraction. Knowing that their own families are also in harm’s way is a challenge that they do not need. Our Disaster Relief and Response Fund allows us to assist their families so they can focus on the task at hand.”

To donate one time or set up an automatic monthly donation, visit this page on the Coast Guard Foundation’s website.

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