Hurricane Matthew Resources
Friday, October 14, 2016
Posted by: Kay Castillo
Hurricane Matthew’s flooding rains have wreaked havoc on communities across eastern North Carolina. Across the region—in Goldsboro, Princeville, Kinston, Greenville, and so many more towns and neighborhoods—families have been left homeless, businesses have been destroyed, schools remain closed, and access to clean drinking water has been put at risk.
As social workers, we know the emotional toll disasters have on individuals and this disaster has impacted many of us and our clients. Social workers should take a lead role in helping those who have been affected. In 2003, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) released a statement identifying social workers as “uniquely suited to interpret the disaster context, to advocate for effective services, and to provide leadership in essential collaborations among institutions and organizations.”
NASW-NC has compiled resources for your community and clients to aid in this time of crisis. Resources include information on applying for Federal assistance, accessing unemployment during disasters, help with rebuilding homes and places of business, places to get food and take a shower, and more.
If you or your clients need additional resources or if you know of additional resources in your areas, please reach out to the chapter office!
Click here to access the Hurricane Matthew Disaster Resource Guide.