Hurricane Florence Response

Hurricane Florence

We’re Here to Help

While Pittsburgh may be far from Florence’s path, many members of the University of Pittsburgh community may be traveling, living, or working in the areas affected by the storm. We also have friends and loved ones who live in the regions either bracing for or already experiencing the effects of Florence. While we hope for the best, we can also take tangible steps to lend a hand. Read Chancellor Patrick Gallagher's message about Pitt's response to Florence.

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Make a Donation

There are very easy ways to help those affected by Hurricane Florence. We recommend visiting the Web sites of these organizations to see how you can have a positive impact.

Note: PA State Police warn of scams tied to Hurricane Florence relief.

Donate Blood

If blood is not available when needed, hospitals cannot respond to severe injuries, catastrophic accidents, and premature babies who can’t survive without immediate transfusions. 

Register to donate blood online or call 866-366-6771. Blood drives will be held at various locations near campus and these Pitt buildings:

  • William Pitt Union
  • Sept. 18, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 
  • School of Public Health
  • Sept. 20, 1-6 p.m.
  • Benedum Hall
  • Sept. 24, noon-5 p.m.
  • Victoria Hall
  • Sept. 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 


Medical Supplies

Volunteer to sort Medical Supplies – Sorting, repackaging, and organizing medical supplies helps to prepare much needed shipments to storm-affected areas.


Brother’s Brother collects gently used medical equipment such as crutches, braces, canes, wheelchairs, and more for use in areas affected by disaster.

Additionally, new medical supplies can be donated for use as needed. Everything from bandaids, toothbrushes, and diapers to surgical packs can be donated as long as they have 8 months remaining before they expire.