Governor McCrory Updates Ongoing Relief Efforts in Response to Hurricane Matthew Flooding



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Saturday, October 15, 2016                                                   
Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory provided updates on the state’s ongoing recovery and relief efforts in response to flooding brought by Hurricane Matthew.

“The effects of Hurricane Matthew continue to have a destructive impact 12 days later, but we are seeing incredible strength and courage from our citizens, and we are seeing recovery,” said Governor McCrory. “There are still many difficult days ahead, but our top priority will continue to be helping people in the hardest hit areas who are dealing with this flooding.

The governor confirmed two additional deaths, a 53 year-old male in Cumberland County, and a 47-year old female in Wayne County, both whom succombed after their vehicles encountered flood waters. The total number of storm-related deaths now stands at 26.

The governor also announced that two healthy babies had been successfully delivered in a mobile hospital unit. He thanked members of Med 1 Mobile Hospital of Charlotte, which is currently located at Southeastern Medical Center in Lumberton, for their assistance in the deliveries.

Flood levels continue to drop in many areas, but it will be several days before some communities see water levels begin to return to normal. The Lumber River is receding throughout Robeson County, but is not expected to drop below major flood stage until Monday afternoon. The Neuse River at Goldsboro reached record levels this week and is not expected to drop below major flood stage until Sunday evening.

The Neuse River at Kinston also reached record high levels and is not expected to drop below major flood stage until late Wednesday. The Tar River is expected to drop below major flood stage at Tarboro this evening, but it is not expected to drop below major flood stage in Greenville until Tuesday morning.

The number of statewide power outages continues to drop, down to 13,366 from a peak of over 800,000 on Sunday. A majority of these, approximately 12,000, are located in Robeson County. The North Carolina National Guard continues to provide assistance, with 1,136 reservists activated. The North Carolina Department of Public Safety is providing assets, equipment and resources through the Emergency Management, Highway Patrol, the Adult Correction-Prisons, Probation and Parole and the Alcohol Law Enforcement divsions. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is also providing enforcement and rescue resources. There have been 2,333 water rescues to date, but there were no rescues reported overnight.

Over 660 roads remain closed through central and eastern North Carolina due to damage or flooding. The governor reminded drivers not to rely on GPS devices for road closure and detour information. Call 5-1-1, download the ReadyNC app, or visit for the latest road closure updates.

The governor said that officials are continuing to work with FEMA to develop temporary housing solutions to those who have been impacted. Since the state received its disaster declaration Monday, the federal government has dispersed nearly $9 million to disaster survivors through the Individual Assistance Program.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved North Carolina’s request for a hot meal waiver in all 100 counties, allowing Food and Nutrition Services recipients to purchase hot meals prepared for immediate consumption from authorized Electronic Benefits Transfer retailers.

The governor warned citizens to be on the lookout for fraudulent activity and scam operators and that the State Bureau of Investigation will pursue criminal charges. He also warned citizens to verify the license of any contractor prior to hiring and to only give money to credible relief efforts.

Monetary contributions to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund for Hurricane Matthew can be made by texting NCRECOVERS to 30306 or by visiting This is one of the best ways to help fund long-term recovery efforts. Additionally, information regarding monetary donations to recognize North Carolina relief organizations can be found at, a fast, flexible and effective method of assisting those who are in need.
  • Monetary contributions help ensure a steady flow of important services to those impacted.
  • Monetary contributions to recognized disaster relief organizations are a fast, flexible and effective method of donating. Organizations on the ground know what items and quantities are needed.
  • Local organizations spend the money in the local affected community, accelerating its economic recovery.
  • Monetary donations, rather than un-solicited donated goods, avoid the complicated, costly and time-consuming process of collecting, transporting and distributing these goods.

To date, the fund has received $79,000 in donations from 642 sources. These donations have originated from 27 states, in addition to North Carolina.

For more information about hurricane recovery in your area, call 2-1-1. For more details about Hurricane Matthew impacts and relief efforts, vist the Hurricane Matthew resource site. Follow N.C. Emergency Management on Twitter and Facebook for the latest on Hurricane Matthew.

Vote for Dale Folwell!

North Carolina State Treasurer is a crucial Council of State position and we must ensure victory for Dale Folwell, the Republican candidate on your ballot this November. One of Folwell’s favorite lines from “The Keeper of the Public Purse” by Harlan Boyles reads, “The North Carolina state treasurer has more constitutional and statutory responsibilities and duties than any other elected official in the state except for the governor.”

Dale Folwell was recently featured in a News & Observer article detailing his work, record, and personal life. Click HERE to read it!

Folwell is a CPA (certified public accountant), but he has worn many hats during his lifetime. Some of which include an investment adviser for Deutsche Bank, gas station attendant, custodian, trash collector and motorcycle mechanic. He was quoted in the News & Observer article saying, “A third of my life has been blue collar, a third while collar and a third has been public service.”

As a four-term legislator when Republicans were the minority party, he built compromise and introduced 29 pieces of legislation that were signed into law and are now working to save money, minds and lives. He was formerly the Assistant Secretary of Commerce, and led North Carolina from a $2.5 billion unemployment insurance debt to a $1 billion surplus, which provided tax relief to businesses and allowed them to expand their workforces.

The first thing I’m going to do is cut $100 million out of the financial management fees that state employees now pay,” Folwell promised. North Carolina has a $90 billion state employee pension plan, and he is determined to put an end to wasting funds on these massive fees.
Dale Folwell is a man of integrity that is committed to bringing transparency and “sunshine” to the Office of the State Treasurer. He wants to ensure a better future for North Carolina and a better future for YOU.

Please vote Dale Folwell for State Treasurer this November!

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Law Enforcement backs Pat McCrory for Governor

Roy Cooper has been North Carolina’s chief law enforcement officer for the past 16 years, but law enforcement is overwhelmingly endorsing Governor Pat McCrory over Roy Cooper for governor.Watch full video here:

In a stunning rebuke to Roy Cooper, the Fraternal Order of Police, the State Trooper’s Association and the NC Police Benevolent Association – North Carolina’s 3 largest law enforcement organizations – have all endorsed Governor Pat McCrory. “We need that support, that trust, that commitment– from someone in his position. A vote for Pat McCrory is a vote for law enforcement,” said Eva Howard, an officer from Raleigh.

Roy Cooper has not been doing his job as the chief law enforcement officer of North Carolina. The law enforcement community that he has worked with as attorney general know him best, and they do not want him to be the governor of North Carolina, that is a very strong indictment against Roy Cooper.

Any law enforcement officer understands that it is their job to defend and uphold the law, even if they happen to personally disagree with it. But Roy Cooper’s refusal to do his job as North Carolina’s chief law enforcement to defend North Carolina’s law is a slap in the face to every law-enforcement officer who puts their life on the line to keep us safe and to enforce the laws of North Carolina and the laws of the United States of America.

Governor McCrory is a friend to North Carolina law enforcement. Whether it is establishing the Blue Alert System to find cop killers, ensuring the children of fallen officers can go to college free of charge or pushing for more resources to end backlogs at the State Crime Lab, Governor McCrory has shown he is fighting for law enforcement every day. Just ask Michael Potts, the state trooper who became friends with Governor McCrory after a routine traffic stop that changed his life forever.Watch full video here:

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