Hurricane Matthew six-month update

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Last fall, Hurricane Matthew’s high winds and torrential rains battered the U.S. from Florida to Virginia. After the hurricane passed, swollen rivers across the Carolinas caused devastating flooding that inundated homes and communities for over a week.

The slow-moving storm caused widespread damage to property and infrastructure, while flooding displaced thousands of people from their homes. Many affected families had no place to go, or had fled homes with little more than the clothes on their backs.

In response, thousands of American Red Cross disaster workers from across the country mobilized alongside local volunteers and employees—many of whom were also affected by the massive hurricane—to bring swift relief.

Here’s where we are in recovery, six months later: hurricane-matthew-us-and-caribbean-six-month-update

Get Cape Fear Ready at our upcoming Preparedness & Safety Expo


The American Red Cross is proud to host the Cape Fear Preparedness & Safety Expo presented by Live Oak Bank and WWAY on Thursday, May 11, 2017, from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Coastline Convention Center.

This family friendly event features live and interactive demonstrations, kids activities, and multiple vendors offering critical and timely information about area disaster vulnerabilities, along with resources and tools to help residents prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies.

Thanks to the generosity of corporate donors, there is no admission fee. Join us and be #CapeFearReady!

Thursday, May 11, 2017
4 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Coastline Convention Center
501 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

For additional information or questions, please contact Eleanor Snell at (919) 368-0120 or by email to