Autonomous Disaster Relief

Hurricane Florence has hit the US mainland, and is expected to bring massive flooding and knock out power for many in the Southeast. Already, anarchist and autonomous disaster relief organizations are mobilizing to carry out disaster relief work. Prisoners in the path of the storm are being left behind in some cases, and calls are needed to get them evacuated. Below is a collection of resources on the storm, disaster relief groups, where to donate, and how to stand in solidarity with prisoners.

Donate to Grassroots Hurricane Relief:

We, a grassroots community group, are answering the call for decentralized relief efforts around the impending Hurricane Florence. Our community group (Blue Ridge Autonomous Defense) is based in Western NC and South western VA and focuses on community support and emergency medical response. We are working with Mutual Aid Disaster Relief as a decentralized mutual aid network to connect with those most adversely affected.

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All funds raised will be spent directly on travel and supplies that will be taken directly to folks in areas most affected by this potentially devastating storm. Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo was quoted as saying, “once this storm is upon us, we’re not going to be able to send emergency personnel out to rescue you.” In the face of this reminder we acknowledge that WE keep each other safe, and that in times of crisis, we are all we have. Thanks for your generous support, and well wishes.

In Love and Solidarity,
Blue Ridge AD

Call In Campaign For Prisoners:

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster (@HenryMcMaster, 803-734-2100) continues to refuse to evacuate state prisoners, including those in the evacuation zone. Federal Prisons have only given vague answers that they “are prepared” and say they can give no details due to “security reasons.” Both North Carolina and Virginia have stated they now have plans to evacuate prisoners within the projected path of Hurricane Florence*. We must continue to pressure them to ensure they meet our demands! We’ve prioritized South Carolina numbers for state and county facilities below.

Basic Info From Mutual Aid Disaster Relief:

Hurricane Florence is projected to hit the coast along North and South Carolina late this week (likely Thursday night). This will be the first major hurricane to hit the US this year and there is now little doubt that this will be a major, prolonged disaster. If you live in or near the likely disaster zone we urge you to begin preparing now.

Current Projections:

Hurricane Florence is anticipated to make landfall somewhere along the Carolina coast as a Category 4 storm with winds up to 145 mph. It is too early to tell where exactly the storm will hit and who will be affected by wind damage.

– Florence will be a very large storm. Regardless of where it makes landfall, a large area will be affected. A large section of the Carolina coast will face very high storm surge flooding.

– After moving inland quickly, Florence is expected to stall out. This would most likely cause extremely heavy rainfall and major inland flooding throughout northeastern South Carolina, southeastern West Virginia, and throughout North Carolina and Virginia this weekend.

-The storm’s potential path also includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous eastern hog farms that store animal waste in massive open-air lagoons.

We cannot stress how serious a situation this is. As with any forecast, there is some uncertainty, but confidence is high that this will be a major storm. You can read more about Hurricane Florence here.