Mutual Aid Relief Supplies NC

$7,555 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 136 people in 1 month
Created September 13, 2018
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
(Ex:   https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1313645-REG/motorola_t260_6_pack_motorola_t260_two_way_radio.html)
or programmable like Baofaengs ( https://www.lightinthebox.com/en/p/baofeng-uv5r-walkie-talkie-handheld-128-3800-5-walkie-talkie-two-way-radio_p6580465.html?category_id=6510&prm=,
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.
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Great new interview with indigenous activist Vanessa Bolin who is currently in Lumberton, NC as a new hurricane threatens coastal southeast US.

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Car load of mixed supplies: cleaning stuff, baby formula, shovels and more.

Clean up has begun in earnest though crews are still checking on families in deep rural areas. Material donations are great though slowing down - monetary donations allow us to buy what's needed as needs change.

Thank you for your help and please keep sharing!
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Flood waters have barely stopped rising. Aid in the Lumberton area where we are operating with tribal members and matriarchs is primarily coming from grassroots groups and smaller non-profit groups like us. Yes, we all are truely the ones we need. Please keep sharing to friends!

Please check out this great interview with Amy Cantrell of Beloved Asheville, our partner here in Asheville to gather and deliver aid. This is on our awesome, local FM radio station Asheville Free Media 103.3! Starts about minute 13: https://www.ashevillefm.org/show/please-pass-the-hacksaw/
Still food but now cleaning supplies too
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So much going on! We have sent vehicles from Asheville everyday with supplies down to our contacts in the grassroots network where they have mostly been loaded onto small, private planes piloted by independent volunteers.

We are getting on the ground info and input on what supplies are needed from autonomous crews through text loops started by Blue Ridge Autonomous Defense (NC), Mutual Aid Disaster Relief ( https://mutualaiddisasterrelief.org/), River City Medic Collective (Richmond) and ourselves.

There are so many individuals connected to their communities networked here from Connecticut to Atlanta to Chicago and beyond. They are then networked in their local to draw the strength and resources needed now in coastal North Carolina for the people left behind to suffer. Individually we have meager resources, time or energy to deal with catastrophe - collectively we are who we need to survive these storms and their societal parallels.
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Created September 13, 2018
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