The storm made landfall Friday and lost strength from earlier projections. However, it still generated winds of almost 100 mph.
“Pastors have been provided with the contact information of the directors of the regional offices of Catholic Charities in the diocese,” Morock reported. “They will be providing reports of damage and needs in their communities.”
When it is safe for relief and rescue teams to enter affected areas, Catholic Charities staff will be on the scene. They will work with other religious and non-governmental agencies to provide “both immediate and long-term assistance” to survivors.
They will also work with the state government to help “in every way possible.”
Depending on the severity of the storm, the Diocese of Raleigh may call for a special collection in all parishes as it has done in the past with natural disasters. The money will go to Catholic Charities to provide temporary housing and food and other basic supplies where necessary.
“The faithful of the diocese, whether the disaster is in the diocese or anywhere in the world, always respond generously,” Morock said.