Hurricane Florence Damage and Relief

At this time the full extent of damage to libraries in South Carolina is still unknown. ALA supports the establishment of a fund to help, but since other agencies are collecting monies as well, it seems best to consolidate efforts and support our statewide efforts to help where needed.

I am asking that we, as members of SCLA, support disaster efforts in the following ways:

  1. A representative of any library (school, academic, public, or special) damaged by Hurricane Florence complete the form below so that SCLA may compile a list of those libraries affected.
  2. Work through the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) to coordinate the preparation for, the response to, and the recovery from major disasters in South Carolina.
  3. Financial donations go into local and the state's disaster relief funds to be used as needed by the communities most impacted by the hurricane, such as the One SC Fund, a fundraising effort that helps South Carolinians who are recovering from a state-declared disaster.
  4. Work with local efforts and SCEMD as a volunteer in efforts to get manpower for relief where needed. The Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross has asked for volunteers in South Carolina, specifically in the Myrtle Beach and Florence areas of SC within a 50-mile range, to help support Hurricane Florence relief efforts. If you live in South Carolina and are willing to volunteer for a 6-12 hour shift, please apply now.

This survey will allow SCLA to assess the total extent of damage in our state and help direct offers of assistance to those libraries where it is needed.

As most of our lives get back to normal, please remember that recovery efforts such as this take time, so your time and money will be needed ongoing to help libraries and communities in our state to return to normal.

For any questions please contact:
Jimmie Epling, Director
Darlington County Library System
SCLA President
[email protected]
Office: 843.398.4940 Ext. 303
Cell: 606.923.1576