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Gov. Perdue activates N.C. Disaster Relief Fund after Sandy

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Gov. Bev Perdue Friday activated the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund for Hurricane Sandy.

As the relief and recovery efforts continue in the northeast and along the east coast, resources from North Carolina are playing a meaningful role.

State government, military and voluntary organization resources, as well as financial contributions from businesses and citizens, are helping Sandy's victims recover. 

"Hurricane Sandy has affected North Carolinians and millions of Americans," said Gov. Perdue. "We are currently assisting those in need here in North Carolina, and will continue providing assistance to our neighboring states along the east coast."

The NC Helping Neighbors Fund will support recovery efforts in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia to address recovery needs in communities that FEMA has declared disaster areas. The fund is managed by the Governor's Office, in partnership with United Way of North Carolina.

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The American Red Cross reported fundraising initiatives from North Carolina resulting in $1.3 million in gifts or pledges towards efforts from N.C. based corporations, foundations and individual donors. 

Gov. Perdue issued Executive Order 132 waiving certain size and weight restrictions on vehicles transporting relief supplies and equipment to areas affected by the storm.

The following resources from North Carolina are assisting in the recovery effort:

  • Duke and Progress Energy have deployed 1,250 employees and contractors from the Carolinas to help with Sandy recovery.
  • Three Salisbury based UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters and 12 aviators from the North Carolina National Guard are flying relief missions from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. in support of FEMA.
  • Four National Guard aviators from Morrisville are forming a Rotary Wing Command and Control Force Package leading an Aviation Task Force made up of six UH-60s and two CH-47 Chinooks from around the country.
  • One N.C. National Guard C-130 cargo aircraft and its six-person crew are deployed to New Castle, Delaware, where they are ferrying relief supplies.
  • National Guard bases in Charlotte and Morrisville are serving as staging areas for aircraft and personnel en route to the disaster zone.
  • Three swift-water rescue teams from fire departments in Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh deployed Saturday to Maryland.  Those teams have since de-mobilized and returned home.
  • The American Red Cross has deployed 10 North Carolina based mobile feeding vehicles. More than 150 trained disaster volunteers from North Carolina are working in sheltering, feeding and other relief activities in several Northeast and mid-Atlantic states.
  • Approximately 125 volunteers from N.C. Baptist Men Disaster Relief are working in Lumberton, Toms River and Rutgers, New Jersey.  The Baptist Men are operating two mobile field kitchens in New Jersey and a third kitchen is awaiting assignment.  Laundry units, shower units and bunk trailers are also deployed with the North Carolina Baptist volunteers.

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