Rapid Assistance Provided to MEP Florence Survivors




Last fall Robeson County experienced yet another large scale disaster in less than two years as Hurricane Florence impacted our region.  Four months later our community is still recovering from $1 Billion dollars in crop losses, damaged homes and schools, lost wages, food insecurity, emotional distress, and other challenges.   


Building on the strategic partnership established with the Robeson County Disaster Recovery Committee [RCDRC] in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, PSRC's Migrant Education Program was able to provide $150 rapid assisstance gift cards to households enrolled in the MEP.   As highlighted in this article, access to those client assistance cards was made possible through a grant that RCDRC recieved from Mercy Corps — a global team of humanitarians who partner with communities, corporations and governments to transform lives around the world.  


Days after Florence, PSRC 's MEP program partnered with The Stimulus to develop a Hurricane Florence Rapid Needs Assessment, and the data collected helped PSRC quickly identify the most vulnerable MEP households.   


A special thanks to The Stimulus, RCDRC, and Mercy Corps for helping the MEP family recover from Hurricane Florence.