Recovery efforts for Hurricane Florence continued this week, even as Gov. Roy Cooper extended an Executive Order to establish a new state of emergency in counties affected by Hurricane Michael. In response to Hurricane Michael, the Federal Emergency Management Agency was forced to revise its meeting schedule for applicant briefings considered crucial for local governments seeking FEMA Public Assistance reimbursements. The revised schedule of meetings, which will run through Tuesday, can be found here. A final FEMA webinar on procurement requirements will be held Monday at 1 p.m., and you can find the link to participate here. As published previously here, this UNC School of Government temporary website provides a range of recovery-related information, including FEMA rules, and recently posted a FEMA Disaster Cost Documentation Spreadsheet that can be used to help meet requirements so that you can have the best opportunity for having eligible expenses reimbursed.You can also find helpful information in this recent edition of Coates Canons regarding zoning amendments for temporary housing for disaster victims, an issue crucial to meeting housing demand in places where residents have been displaced.Meanwhile, the School of Government is recommending that local governments affected by both Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Michael issue separate states of emergency for Michael. Doing so could be helpful in documenting expenses. The Golden Leaf Foundation is managing distribution of funds through the N.C. Hurricane Florence Relief Fund, a charitable disaster assistance fund set up by the state. Grant funds may be awarded to units of local government and 501(c)3 nonprofit tax-exempt organizations, and eligible projects include provision of temporary housing and rental assistance and provision of emergency supplies. Projects must be located in a county under the federal disaster declaration. Find more about the relief fund here.
Want to your League membership to have a direct impact on advocacy and policy efforts at the NC General Assembly? Then be sure to register to attend the 2018 Advocacy Goals Conference, Nov. 29, 2018 at the Raleigh Convention Center. By attending the conference, your municipality will have a voice and a vote as League members discuss and decide upon the issues that are prioritized when talking with state legislators and policy makers in 2019-2020. In order to have the most representative set of advocacy goals, we need as many cities and towns represented as possible. Register today to make sure your town is represented! Also available to attendees is the chance to meet with several disaster-focused organizations – meet one-on-one with representatives to address your specific Hurricane Florence questions or gather information about how to make sure your community is ready for the next emergency situation.
Sometimes, the good work of municipal government goes unseen -- but the Town of Selma is forcing a difference. Mayor Cheryl Oliver calls it ” The Year of the Visual,” referring to several implementations meant to give anyone in the Johnston County municipality — whether living there or simply passing through — something to behold. What that means for growth and business is all explained on Here We Grow, a powerful economic-development storytelling website featuring cities and towns across North Carolina. A project of the League and WRAL TechWire, Here We Grow is a free tool for League members to share, in their own words, all they're doing to improve their local economies and, by extension, the state's. Read Selma's compelling story of improvement and check the directory of other local articles spotlighting municipalities from the mountains to the coast. Haven't joined in yet? It's as easy as it is important. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request login credentials.