In Florence's wake, now it's Michael

Locals helping in hurricane relief

Posted 10/11/18

Olin Corporation and the Salvation Army will be shipping out more than 16,000 gallons of bleach to the Carolinas to help those still recovering from Hurricane Florence, just after another hurricane …

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In Florence's wake, now it's Michael

Locals helping in hurricane relief


Olin Corporation and the Salvation Army will be shipping out more than 16,000 gallons of bleach to the Carolinas to help those still recovering from Hurricane Florence, just after another hurricane has lashed Florida, threatening to eventually bring more rains to the already waterlogged coastal region.

Convoy of Hope will also partner with Olin and The Salvation Army in distributing the supplies.

“Having a supply of bleach on hand is critical to clean and disinfect impacted areas after flood-related disasters,” said Scott Abel, a vice president at the company. “This is the best way we can help these communities recover, and we’re happy to partner with KIK Custom Products, the Salvation Army and Convoy of Hope to help distribute the bleach to people who need it.”

According to an Olin spokesperson, the bleach is delivered in truckloads, each carrying more than 4,000 1-gallon jugs. The first two truckloads arrived last week in Wilmington, N.C. and Florence, S.C. The third and fourth trucks will each deliver an additional 4,000 gallons of bleach through the Convoy of Hope in Fayetteville, N.C. and Longs, S.C.

Olin also operates a longtime plant near Charleston in north Bradley County.

Officials at Olin said at least two additional shipments are planned for the Gulf Region.

The product will in great need as Carolina residents attempt to recover from the massive flooding caused by Florence as they also brace from a potential onslaught from now-Tropical Storm Michael, as it churns toward them.

According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane with winds up to 155 mph. The eye made landfall at Mexico Beach, moving northeasterly direction. Officials said it was one of the most powerful hurricanes in the region in 100 years.

Storm surges were expected to possibly exceed 10 feet in some areas. The rain is expected to last through Friday. The hurricane center reported water levels as high as 6 1/2  feet at a National Ocean Service water level station in Apalachicola. In addition, the center warned of flash flooding in the region.

There were two deaths as of Thursday morning, according to national media reports.

Officials at the center also advised that tornadic activity is possible across parts southern Georgia, eastern South Carolina, eastern and central North Carolina and southeastern Virginia.

Olin is the No. 1 global chlor-alkali producer and the No. 1 seller of chlorine and bleach in North America, and has a longstanding history of helping communities recover from disasters, including last year’s Hurricane Harvey, and previously those impacted by flooding in Nashville, and Baton Rouge, La.  

The company employs more than 6,400  globally and operates a plant Charleston, employing approximately 280 employees.

Operation Compassion, a local faith-based relief organization, will also be shipping relief supplies to the panhandle as soon as Thursday morning, according to executive director David Lorency.

“We are stage-ready to start,” Lowrency said.

Lorency said his organization has 20 years of experience in responding to Florida Panhandle natural disasters and has a network of volunteers and churches to assist relief efforts in the area.

“We have chaplains, construction partners, and large churches that can house people in the community, as well as volunteers,” Lorency said. “We also have a network of cooking partners to provide meals.”

Operation Compassion also has an international presence and most recently provided relief supplies to those affected by the recent tsunami in Indonesia. Its network of Australia-based volunteers assisted in recovery efforts there, distributing rice and the supplies that were shipped to the stricken nation via a convoy of ships laden with 40 foot shipping containers.

The organization also provided several truckloads of relief supplies to the Carolinas after Hurricane Florence.

According to its website, “Operation Compassion is an international and domestic humanitarian organization. Our strategic relief work delivers critical aid assisting 25 million people every year. Each pound of product delivered represents: a meal, for the hungry; a surgical pack, giving medical aid; a textbook, educating the future; a pair of shoes, for bare feet; clothes, for those in need. Since our beginning, we have helped start hundreds of nonprofit charities and trained tens of thousands of volunteers for humanitarian work and involved them in serving the poor.”


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