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Editor’s Note: This column was published by The Carolinas Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CARVC). 

Hurricane Florence has brought devastation to North Carolina and South Carolina, and our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by this storm and the unprecedented flooding.

CARVC has worked hard to support campgrounds affected by the storm, alert campers to the latest info and help evacuees find campsites outside of the storm’s path. CARVC Executive Director Dee Witting has been surveying campgrounds for damage and asking if any had availability to accommodate evacuees from the coast. Dee has worked with a public relations expert to distribute news releases helping campers find sites outside the storm’s path. She coordinated with campgrounds in the Carolinas as well as Florida, Tennessee and Alabama to give evacuees the best list of camping options.

A second news release distributed by CARVC updated folks on how campgrounds in the Carolinas fared from Hurricane Florence and if they were offering discounts to evacuees. Check out this great story about a couple who evacuated because of the storm and found themselves at member campground Pine Ridge Campground in Roebuck, S.C.

Another news release will be distributed letting campers, especially snowbirds, know the latest on the status of campgrounds in the Carolinas and special events during the fall and winter.

Resources are available for campgrounds that were affected by Hurricane Florence. The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) is offering assistance through its Disaster Relief Fund. As a reminder, all CARVC members are members of ARVC.

If you’re interested in applying for help through the Disaster Relief Fund, contact Ken Mowad, executive director of development at the ARVC Foundation, at 1-303-681-0401 ext. 114.

Some vendor members also are stepping up to help CARVC member campgrounds needing assistance because of the storm. Wade Elliott, president of Utility Supply Group, has offered to work with CARVC members with storm damage from Florence. Call 1-800-800-2811 or get more info at www.go-usg.com.

CARVC knows the stress of dealing with a storm like Florence and will continue to work with members to meet their needs and spread the word through news releases, social media and other channels about the status of campgrounds in the Carolinas in the aftermath of this storm.

Get the latest updates on www.CampingCarolinas.com and the CARVC Facebook page.