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Only a few days before Hurricane Michael flattened entire regions of the Southeast, an announcement detailing the ways in which the NSSF provides Hurricane Florence aid appeared. The trade association has a history of generosity, though, and undoubtedly another emergency package will be passed by its leadership. The organization arranged to donate $10,000 to the American Red Cross to help in the first storm and prepared a relief fund to aid its FFL, range and manufacturing members whose businesses were directly affected when the hurricane made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, NC, on Sept. 14. Companies affected by Michael will likely qualify under a separate, albeit similar, effort.
CoreLogic, a company that maintains financial and property databases, estimates total damage from Hurricane Florence could come to somewhere between $20 and $30 billion. Up to $18.5 billion of that total is not insured for flood loss.
“Thousands of people have been impacted by the damage wreaked on them by Hurricane Florence, with houses, vehicles, businesses and, most unfortunately, lives lost,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF president. “We not only wanted to offer our members financial support to get their businesses back up and running, but also something that helped these tight-knit communities in North and South Carolina make headway with their recovery efforts. The Red Cross and its many volunteers are of critical importance to those efforts, and we’re pleased to make this donation to them.”
NSSF Provides Hurricane Florence Aid
With the approval of its Board of Governors, NSSF immediately made dedicated aid available for business loss or damage resulting from Hurricane Florence to qualifying NSSF member companies. Funds will be available to members suffering significant financial hardship and unable to pay for critical and immediate expenses that would enable them to resume business.
Applicants for relief should contact NSSF Member Services by calling (203) 426-1320 Ext. 209. A Hurricane Relief Fund application is also available at nssf.org/relief for affected businesses. Any FFL needing assistance with their physical location in any of the affected regions should contact their local ATF field office regarding removal of firearms and ammunition inventory, ATF Forms 4473 and 3310.4, and acquisition and disposition records from those business premises to a safe location, as well as remedies for damage to or irreparable loss of these items and required reporting of such losses. Thankfully, it appears only one gun store reported being looted in the aftermath of Florence.
The NSSF gets headlines for hosting the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show or programs like the Shooting Sports Fantasy Camps. But it’s efforts like this that set is apart from most other trade associations.
Damage from Hurricane Michael
Infrastructure and communications breakdowns after Michael are still slowing detailed reports from the region, although looting remains a serious concern. Early estimates claim total damages and lost economic activity due to the storm could run as high as $30 billion.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted by both of the catastrophes.