Locals Send Medical Groups, Supplies To North Carolina To Help Florence Clean-Up

September 15, 2018

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- As Florence came to a near-standstill over the Carolinas, dumping rain onto the area, some residents on Long Island were headed down to help out.

A group of medical professionals from Long Island, last heard from in Virginia, moved into the hurricane zone early Saturday.

“We’re a team of doctors, nurses, paramedics, logistical people and complete support staff,” said David Diamond, a real estate developer and retired EMT.

Diamond is the commander of the National Disaster Medical System Team out of Roslyn on Long Island. He said that he received the call to head down to the Carolinas during Rosh Hashanah services.

“Between Rita, Gustov, Ike, more recently we’ve been the National Disaster Medical System that was deployed to Haiti,” Diamond said of the team’s experience.

He explained that he doesn’t know what the team will see when they arrive in the area, but that they will do all they can to help.

“The word part of the storm is when it’s over and people start to return to their homes and that’s when they see that the tree limbs are down on their homes and they go out and rent chainsaws and start trimming the branches away,” Diamond said, adding “that’s when the accidents happen.”

Until then, Diamond said they will be in the area to remove the fallen branches and other hazards that could cause people harm.

Meanwhile, residents from New Jersey who lived through Superstorm Sandy began collecting supplies to send down to Florence victims.

They said they wished to repay the kindness that was awarded to them by North Carolinians, who came up to help rebuild after the New York storm in 2012.  

“You don’t think there’s hope when it happens, but there is hope,” said Maryann Black of Seaside Park.

Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City will also be opening its doors to Florence Evacuees. Residents that are unable to remain in their homes for the duration of the storm are welcome to stay at the resort, free of charge.

Casino owner Bruce Deifick said the move could cost the business up to $300,000 in lost revenue, but that he wants to help the people in need.