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Monday numbers: A closer look at the Florence relief effort

Over the last week and a half, Hurricane Florence crippled much of southeastern North Carolina. This week, as Governor Roy Cooper and the North Carolina General Assembly look at how best to help those whose lives were upended by the storm, we take a look at the relief effort so far by the numbers.

74,000 – the number of North Carolinians who have applied for help from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) (Source: Office of NC’s Governor)

485 – the number of people housed in the emergency shelter at UNC’s Friday Center at the height of its use as an emergency shelter [2] (Source: American Red Cross)

165 – the number remaining at the UNC emergency shelter as of Friday (ibid.)

60,000 – the number of square miles of the southeast covered by the relief effort of the American Red Cross (Source: American Red Cross)

19,000 – the number of North Carolinians sheltered by the Red Cross due to the storm (ibid.)

252,000 – the number of meals and snacks provided as part of the relief effort (ibid.)

100 – the number of Red Cross emergency vehicles delivering water and food to communities in need (ibid.)

200 – the number of blood drives that have so far been cancelled due to the storm (ibid.)

5,400 – the number of blood and platelet donations that have so far been missed due to those cancellations (ibid.)

33 – storm related fatalities as of 9/23 (Source: N.C. Department of Public Safety)

<500 – number of roads still closed as of 9/23 (ibid.)

2,800 – number of N.C. National Guard soldiers activated as of 9/21 (ibid.)

68 – number of boat crews deployed as of 9/21 (ibid.)

39 – number of swift water rescue crews deployed as of 9/21 (ibid.)

955 – number of out-of-state personnel from 35 states working in rescue and recovery in North Carolina as of 9/21 (ibid.)