10th Annual Hurricane Awareness Forum
ECCO will host this free event on Wednesday, August 3 at the Greater Goodwill A.M.E. Church in Mount Pleasant. Attendees will learn valuable hurricane preparedness tips from a panel of experts, including safety and emergency management officials, government agencies, and other community organizations. Bill Walsh, WCSC-TV’s Chief Meteorologist, will once again facilitate the discussion, and plans on broadcasting a live weather report on site at 5pm.
Wednesday, August 3 at 7pm
Greater Goodwill A.M.E. Church
2818 Highway 17 North,
Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
For more information about the 10th Annual Hurricane Awareness Forum, please contact Ivan Lund, ECCO’s Disaster Preparedness Coordinator, at ilund@ECCOcharleston.org or 843.416.7128; or contact Vanessa M. Richardson at 843.884.0903 or email@example.com.
ECCO has been an active and motivating force in the community for disaster preparedness and planning since its origin following Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Maintaining strong partnerships with the Town of Mount Pleasant and other local government agencies, ECCO sponsors informational meetings, workshops, and seminars throughout the year, and actively recruits community groups, churches, and businesses, for post-hurricane relief and recovery participation. The organization also offers Family Hurricane Preparedness Kits for a donation of $40. The contents of this customized kit have a combined value of approximately $80 and include 20 items such as a Dynamo 4-in-1 Flashlight Radio with batteries, a 52-piece First Aid Kit, toilet paper, a light stick, and more.
Helping Neighbors to Rebuild and Recover
By Jack Little
Two days after the recent flood, I had the opportunity to ride into Huger’s French Quarter Creek community in the back of a National Guard convoy vehicle to survey the damage. I was invited to ride by the community’s residents who were eager to discover what was left of their homes. They were in shock as they saw the waters had risen to record levels in the area. As we approached their homes, they came into the distant view. I sensed their hope and apprehension. When they gazed on their homes and saw the height of the standing water, they were in disbelief. There was heartbreak, gasping and crying. There was little exception to those residents who had not been affected by two to four feet of the storm’s downpour.
I was there because ECCO serves this area of the community was in our service area but also because twenty-six years prior the community responded to a natural disaster that led to the birth of East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO). Formed in 1989 in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo, Christ Our King Catholic Church’s newly arrived Monsignor James Carter led staff members to tour the immediate area. They were astonished by the loss and damage their community and neighbors had suffered from the storm. Church members were then urged to bring food and clothing to be distributed from the church. Not long after, Carter saw the necessity of inviting churches of all denominations to begin an ongoing organization to join in the effort of addressing the needs of the poor.
ECCO’s Disaster Relief Fund was set up in 2008 with the successful completion of our “Advancing the Mission” fundraising campaign. This campaign supported the organization’s growth to provide more comprehensive services for our neighbors in need, to expand the client service area in our building, and to establish a disaster relief fund. Response is our natural instinct to help victims of the recent flood in East Cooper since we were created at the cause of Hugo.
Due to the recent flooding, we are prepared to administer financial aid for those who were impacted by the disaster. The objective is helping our community to rebuild and recover. Our goal is to assist the poor and working poor restore their personal property and replace essential belongings. During the next several weeks and months we will see the needs of our low-income neighbors come forward after their lives have dried out and they discover the true extent of damage they have suffered.
Last week, we collected “Clean up Buckets,” as Governor Haley called them, which are five-gallon buckets filled with cleaning supplies such as bleach, trash bags, face masks, cleaners and disinfectants, rubber gloves, brushes, mops, and brooms. We also collected personal hygiene kits as well as towels, bedding, and water.
I ask that you consider helping ECCO to replenish and enhance our Disaster Relief Fund. Support from the community will be used towards the restoration of homes and personal property that was lost or damaged in the flood. 100% of every dollar will go directly to the working poor and elderly who can least afford recovering from a disaster.
Please send your relief funds to:
ECCO – 2015 Flood Relief Fund
1145 Six Mile Road
Mt Pleasant, SC 29466
You can also text “ECCO” to 33923.
Flood Relief Efforts
We are here to help flood victims as they rebuild and recover from the damage. ECCO is distributing clean-up supplies and hygiene kits, along with bedding, clothing, and food. We are also accepting applications for financial assistance and home repairs.
If you wish to help, please consider making a donation to ECCO or dropping off the following items:
Flood Clean-up Supplies
- Painters face mask (N95)
- Trash bags
- Cleaners, disinfectants
- Rubber gloves
- Brooms, sponges, brushes and mops
- Flash lights
- Razors and shaving cream
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash & dental floss
- Washcloth, soap and hand sanitizer
- Toilet paper
We encourage our supporters to assemble kits in advance and label the sizes of any bedding or linen prior to drop-off. Please contact Whitney Cooper at 843-416-7134 with questions about financial assistance or for specific instructions regarding ECCO’s greatest needs for donated items.