Natural disasters like Florence will disrupt the employment of many individuals, while creating more work for both public and private-sector workers responding to the disaster. Here is some employment-related information that we hope you and your residents will find useful. Regarding how to address compensation for employees who cannot report to work because of the storm’s effects, refer to this site. Regarding those employees responding to and on-call for disasters, find information here. For residents who become unemployed due to the storm’s effects, some may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). Click here for frequently asked questions, and click here for documentation that can assist you with filing your claim. The current counties where the assistance is available are Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico and Pender. Additional counties may be added to the DUA availability designation at a later date. More information is available at https://des.nc.gov/DES. Meanwhile, the NC Department of Health and Human Services has announced more food-purchasing flexibility for those in the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) program to help those affected by Hurricane Florence. All those enrolled in all 100 counties will enjoy the ability to purchase hot food, including food prepared for immediate consumption, from authorized Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) retailers using an EBT card. All authorized EBT vendors in the state have been notified about this change, which is effective until Oct. 31. Click here for more information.
Today, the League released its most recent Revenue Report examining state-collected local revenues received by local governments for the fourth quarter of the fiscal year, and the entire 2017-2018 fiscal year. These reports provide a snapshot of quarterly trends in state-collected local revenues and supplement the League’s annual Revenue Projections memo, released in March. If you have any questions regarding the Revenue Reports or revenue projections, please contact League Research Strategist Caitlin Saunders.