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Governor Cooper Orders Mosquito Control for Disaster Counties PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 27 September 2018 10:12
 Due to the increased populations of mosquitoes caused by flooding from Hurricane Florence, Governor Roy Cooper today ordered $4 million to fund mosquito control efforts in counties currently under a major disaster declaration.
Those counties include: Bladen, Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne, and Wilson.
“To help local communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, I’ve directed state funds for mosquito control efforts to protect people who live in hard-hit areas.” Gov. Cooper said. 
Funding will allow control efforts to begin as soon as Thursday. Each county’s allocation will be based upon their share of the total acreage requiring mosquito treatment in the 27 counties. None of the counties will be asked to share in the cost for these services up to their specific allocation amount. They will have the flexibility to determine the most appropriate means to provide this service. 
“I’m grateful to Governor Cooper for taking this action to allow us to provide a critical public health service,” said Craven County Health Director Scott Harrelson. “This has been a serious issue for our county and many others impacted by Hurricane Florence.”
Increased mosquito populations often follow a hurricane or any weather event that results in large-scale flooding. While most mosquitoes that emerge after flooding do not transmit human disease, they still pose a public health problem by discouraging people from going outside and hindering recovery efforts. 
Although rare, the most commonly reported mosquito-borne illnesses that can be acquired in North Carolina are LaCrosse encephalitis, West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis. Nearly 70 percent of mosquito-borne infections reported in the state in 2017 were acquired during travel outside the continental U.S.
While outdoors, peoples should remember to:
* Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors.
* Use mosquito repellent that contains DEET or an equivalent when outside and use caution when applying to children.
Residents In 27 Counties Can Apply For Hurricane Florence Food Assistance PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 27 September 2018 10:01

As early as Friday, residents in 27 counties impacted by Hurricane Florence can apply for help buying food through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or “D-SNAP”, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services received federal authority to implement the program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

This help will be available in 27 counties: Bladen, Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne, and Wilson.

“For North Carolinians working to get back on their feet after Hurricane Florence, help feeding their families will make a tremendous difference,” Gov. Cooper said. “I urge anyone who lives in hard-hit areas and needs this help to apply as soon as they can.”

“We want to do everything we can to help families recover from Hurricane Florence,” said DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D. “This program will help people who have suffered losses buy food for their families as they begin the long process of rebuilding their lives.”

Eligible households will receive a one-time benefit on a special debit card (called an EBT card) to help buy food. The amount will depend on household size, but a family of one would receive $192, a family of four would receive $640 and larger families would receive more.

To be eligible, a person must:

*     Live in one of the disaster declared counties, current list above.

*     Have suffered losses/damages related to Hurricane Florence, such as damage to property, loss of income or food loss.

*     Have proof of identity and proof of residency (if available).

*     Have income and resources below certain levels.

*     Not currently be receiving help buying food through the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) program. People receiving FNS can also get extra help buying food, but do not need to fill out a D-SNAP application. 

Residents of the 27 counties who want to apply must do so in person from Friday, Sept. 28, through Saturday, Oct. 6, with the exception of Sunday, Sept. 30, when all application sites will be closed. Most application sites will be the local department of social services office in each county. As application sites are finalized, DHHS will post information on locations and hours of the sites in each county on its website  People can also dial 2-1-1 for information on application sites in their county.

While residents are encouraged to apply in the county they live in, they can also apply in person in any of the 27 counties, regardless of which of the 27 counties they reside. They are also encouraged to complete their application ahead of time and bring it with them by downloading the form in English  or in Spanish. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 September 2018 10:04
Governor Cooper Reviews Hurricane Florence Recovery Efforts PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 27 September 2018 09:55

As people in the state of North Carolina begin to pick up the pieces left in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, Governor Roy Cooper continues to take action to help storm survivors recover while mourning the lives lost to the storm.

The state medical examiner’s office has determined an additional death was related to the storm, the 36th connected to Hurricane Florence. The latest casualty reported was a 67-year old man who died from injuries he received while cleaning up storm debris in Craven County.

“This deadly storm has left a lasting impact on families, neighborhoods and communities across a wide swath of our state,” Gov. Cooper said. “Now is the time to pull together to help our fellow North Carolinians recover from Hurricane Florence and rebuild even stronger, and smarter, than before.”

The Governor continues to travel to areas hit hard by the storm, touring damage and meeting with storm survivors, local officials and first responders in Wayne and Lenoir counties today.

Governor Cooper announced last night that his request for major federal disaster assistance for nine additional counties impacted by the hurricane has been approved. In total, 27 counties have now been approved for individual assistance and public assistance from FEMA. More than $33.2 million in disaster assistance funds have been approved after about 88,000 North Carolinians registered to receive aid.

Anyone with a home damaged by Florence is encouraged to begin the disaster assistance registration process by calling 1-800-621-FEMA to register via telephone or by visiting disasterassistance.gov to register online. If you have a homeowner’s or flood insurance policy, file your insurance claim immediately, before applying for disaster assistance. Do not wait to begin your cleanup and repairs. Take photos of all damage and save all receipts.

When Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina, she packed high winds and ferocious storm surge, as well as record rainfall that caused epic flooding in the eastern part of the state. Debris and high water closed roads across the state. As of 5 pm today, road closures are down to 327 from a peak of 1,600 just after the storm. Property damage and power outages were widespread, and tens of thousands of families had to take refuge in emergency shelters. As of 5 pm today, fewer than 1,800 people remain in shelters, including people who may have lacked permanent housing prior to the storm.


Transitional Sheltering Assistance Become Available

Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) is now available to residents in eight counties: Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, Columbus, New Haven, Onslow, Pender or Robeson. TSA is a temporary housing program that can help fill a gap until survivors identify short or long-term housing solutions. Eligible survivors are being notified of their eligibility through an automated phone call, text message, and/or email depending upon the method of communication they selected when they registered with FEMA for assistance. To locate participating hotels, visit disasterassistance.gov, scroll down to the Quick Links section, and click on “TSA Hotel Locator.” You can also call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-FEMA or TTY 800-462-7585.

Executive Orders Help Flood Victims, Medical Volunteers

The Governor also signed two executive orders to help with storm recovery. Executive Order 63 suspends the enforcement of requirements regarding salvaged vehicles in the state, to help storm victims by making it easier for them to transfer a flooded car to an insurance company for purposes of claiming the loss.

Executive Order 64  temporarily waives licensing requirements for behavioral health care professionals from other states, so long as the professionals are licensed and in good standing in another state, so they can volunteer their services to help treat victims of the hurricane in North Carolina. Both in-state and out-of-state behavioral health professionals can help by registering with the North Carolina Psychological Association’s Disaster Response Network  and by contacting the American Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina, which is coordinating mental health volunteers.

Additional Information and Resources Available

The NC 211 information line can provide callers with housing, recovery and other storm-related details. Dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162, or text FLORENCE to 898211. The information line is staffed around the clock to connect North Carolinians to storm resources. Other resources can be obtained by visiting ncdps.gov/florence or following NC Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 September 2018 10:00
General Assembly To Convene Oct. 2 To Address Florence Recovery PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 25 September 2018 10:18
The North Carolina General Assembly will convene Tuesday, October 2, 2018 to begin considering disaster relief legislation in support of victims of Hurricane Florence.  
Lawmakers supported calling the extra session next week to address pressing needs for education communities, provide policy flexibility to storm victims, and prepare for a fourth disaster recovery act since 2016 as well as federal relief funding from the U.S. Congress.
State House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) said the upcoming session was important to begin work on key reforms and emergency funding packages that state legislators have experience addressing after Hurricane Matthew hit the state in 2016:
"The disaster recovery process is familiar to North Carolina lawmakers from both a budgeting and policy standpoint," Moore said, "and we are ready to get to work passing key reforms and preparing funding to accelerate the storm recovery and help victims through this difficult time." 
North Carolina has saved a record $2 billion emergency reserve fund for natural and economic disasters.  The state legislature appropriated over $360 million for Hurricane Matthew recovery the last two years.
Education leaders in the North Carolina legislature held a press conference with state Superintendent Mark Johnson on Monday to detail proposals that would alleviate concerns among education communities about attendance makeup requirements and income instability for teachers due to missed class time after the storm. 
State House and Senate leaders “are working together, both houses and both parties, on a comprehensive disaster relief bill to get the immediate needs addressed,” said House Education Committee co-chair Rep. Craig Horn (R-Union).
North Carolina lawmakers continue to work closely with their state’s federal delegation to prepare for a Congressional relief package and clear potential legal and fiscal obstacles to appropriating impending aid.      
On Sunday, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) applauded the U.S. House for granting their request for a $1.68 billion “down payment” on Hurricane Florence disaster relief in the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill.  The relief includes $1.14 billion for North Carolina and $540 million for South Carolina. 
Legislative leaders have expressed support for additional reforms that provide flexibility for storm victims including delaying upcoming small business tax deadlines and adjusting vehicle title replacement policies through the DMV. 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 September 2018 10:20

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