Hurricane Irene Update

August 31, 2011 - 10:30 PM EST - While Hurricane Irene didn't live up to the media hype, Irene was still a Category 1 Hurricane, packing winds of 90 to 100 mph, when it made landfall in North Carolina. Hurricane Irene killed at least 18 people as it moved from the Caribbean to New England, caused an estimated $3 billion in damage, and cut electric power to more than 6 million homes and businesses across the the eastern U.S. Many areas along the Atlantic coast have experienced extensive damage, including portions of Highway 12 (which runs the length of the N.C. Barrier Islands), having been swept away. (see photograph below)

View more photographs of Hurricane Irene Relief Efforts
The CIA team is working with Dare County Emergency Management officials to prioritize their relief efforts where they are most needed.
We have a very short window of time to reach many people with the living Gospel of love and service in their time of need. Please don't delay if you would like to help. We need financial assistance as well as volunteers.
Please note that due to the hazardous nature of disaster response, volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and in good physical health. Conditions will be muddy, dirty, hot and humid.

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