ZF Rushes Visiting Disaster Zones – Southeast U.S. with Storm Relief
Communities across the southeast United States are struggling in the aftermath of one of the most violent storms to hit the East Coast in years. After raging across Haiti, Hurricane Matthew tracked up the southeastern coast of the U.S., slamming into Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia with gale force winds and causing billions of dollars in property damage. Yet the worst may be still to come, as the driving rains brought by the storm are set to trigger yet another overwhelming wave of floods as local rivers overflow their banks, similar in scale to what the southeastern U.S. experienced in its historic floods a year ago. Hundreds of thousands of people remain without power, and in the most severely affected areas – particularly in North Carolina – many people have been forced to abandon their homes and property.
In response to this rapidly developing crisis, Zakat Foundation of America (ZF) has deployed relief teams near Fayetteville, North Carolina. Fayetteville, one of the towns hit worst by the flooding, has been issued a health advisory to avoid drinking the water for fear of contamination. Addressing the situation, ZF staff and volunteers are distributing clean, safe drinking water, cooking fresh food, and assisting people who have been displaced by the storm to register with federal relief agencies, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). ZF is committed to helping people uprooted by the storm to restabilize their lives and families so that, with perseverance, determination and a little luck, they may return to normalcy after such a destructive natural disaster.