As Hurricane Florence makes landfall on the North Carolina coast, refugees placed in Chapel Hill and Carrboro are working to make up for preparations they may have missed out on.
Meagan Clawar, program manager for the Refugee Community Partnership, said there are over 400 refugees residing in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro areas. She said her organization was worried most of the families were not aware of the impending storm because messages were not being publicized in languages other than English.
Clawar said the three areas her organization worries most about are Oak Avenue, Estes Park Apartments and South Estes Drive public housing. She said the public housing area is especially concerning because the old age of the building reduces its ability to handle severe storms like Florence.
She said her organization was focused on getting information to families as quickly as possible in languages they speak.
Sarah Viñas, assistant director of the Town of Chapel Hill's Housing and Community Office, said in an email the Town is translating key messages related to the storm into Spanish, Burmese and Karen, as well as disseminating information via agencies that work with low-English proficiency populations in the community.