These funds are for purchasing, transporting or shipping supplies from Asheville, NC through our autonomous, grassroots network to people left in need by hurricane Florence.
We, Appalachian Medical Solidarity in partnership with Beloved Asheville & Firestorm Books, have already begun collecting supplies and are receiving more through mail and personal delivery. As we collect, and the storm passes, we will need to deliver these goods to affected areas and that will take crews in vehicle or postage where service is running and feasible.
Hurricane Florence has proved a major disaster in Eastern NC. We are scaling up and working with other independent groups we find in the destruction zone. Keep watching for updates! Also watch our facebook page: www.facebook.com/applemedsolid/ We are a long time medic group based in Asheville, NC offering aid to communities in crisis.
Thank you for being who we each need in time of crises.
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(Send or drop off at Firestorm Books, Attn: AMS, 610 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
or Beloved Asheville house, 39 Grove St, Asheville, NC 28801)
ONGOING PRIMARY NEED - Baby needs: diapers of many sizes, formula soy & regular, diaper changing supplies, chest strap baby carriers, squeeze pack baby food, Pedialyte, small toys
First Aid/longer term medical: latex-free gloves, sterile gauze, 4x4 pads, abdominal pads, tourniquets, closure strips, tweezers, splints, triangular bandages, pen flashlights, self adhesive bandages, saline irrigation syringes, emergen-c packets/oral rehydration salts, anti-fungal cream, stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, expectorants/decongestants, herbal medicines, NSAIDs, antibiotics, tape, epipen/epinephrine, narcan, sunscreen, high sugar snack
Toiletries/menstruation care: toilet paper, tooth brushes, floss, tooth paste, combs, pads/tampons, pregnancy tests, adult diapers, travel size soap, dry hair shampoo, hand saniter
Food: non perishables, granola bars, energy bars, ready to heat meal packets, water, gatorade powder, fresh food for immediate sharing when possible
Decontamination/contamination prevention: muck boots, elbow length gloves, wader boots, N95 face masks, safety glasses/goggles, water filtration, water jugs
Energy: flashlights/headlamps, lanterns, solar lights, generators, solar power phone chargers, portable solar panels, batteries and other charge storage units, charger plugs & cord
Communication: 2-way radios like FRS/GMRS units
or programmable like Baofaengs (https://www.lightinthebox.com/en/p/baofeng-uv5r-walkie-talkie-handheld-[phone redacted]-5-walkie-talkie-two-way-radio_p6580465.html?category_id=6510&prm=184.108.40.206
lightly used smart phones
Movement in flooded areas: life vests, 4 person inflatable rafts, paddles, bilge pump, water proof lights, dry bags
Cleanup/hazard removal: contracter trash bags, bleach, Dawn dish detergent, scrub brushes, large sponges, muck buckets,flat shovels, hand saws, hammers, crowbars, flat bars, other handtools, come-a-longs, 1" rope pulleys, climb rated carabiners, 3/8" & 1/2" double braid utility rope, heavy duty gloves, chainsaws (gas), 2 stroke oil, bar oil, extra chains
Vehicles: full gas jugs, motor oil, windshield wipers, bungee cords, tow straps, gas cards
Warm things: hand and feet warmers, wool socks, wool blankets, space blankets, hats, gloves
Rain gear: muck/rain boots, ponchos, rain jacket and pants (frogg toggs are cheap at Walmart), rice for drying phones
Camp infrastructure/shelter improvision: large and medium sized tarps, paracord, large stakes, gorilla tape, utility knives, 5 gal buckets, dish soap, sturdy totes, 5 lb propane tanks (green ones), LP camp stoves, LP latern, cooler, camp chairs
[Full disclosure: This campaign is managed by Dave Pike & Parks Harper for Appalachian Medical Solidarity's (AMS) ongoing hurricane relief work within a network of grassroots groups. Money questions are overseen for accountability by the other members of AMS as well.