New Hanover County, NC – New Hanover County opened a Hurricane Florence Recovery Coordination Office today that will serve the county and its units of local government, as well as area non-profit and other organizations, in long term recovery efforts.
“In recognition of where we are, where we need to be, and to ensure that New Hanover County helps with an effective, long term and resilient recovery, we are redirecting some of our existing talent toward a focus on Florence recovery,” said New Hanover County Manager Chris Coudriet. “The Hurricane Florence Recovery Coordination Office will manage our contract support, help set priorities and direct supplemental resources that come our way.”
The Hurricane Florence Recovery Coordination Office is not a resource center for individual assistance, but rather will provide coordination of data, policy development and priority setting for the use of state and federal recovery funding, and facilitate communications between state and federal agencies, the county and local organizations.
In addition to county staff assigned to this office, a Request for Proposals has been issued to identify a consultant to assist in recovery planning. The consultant will help with project development in areas such as public assistance, hazard mitigation, Community Development Block Grant programs, temporary and direct housing efforts, permanent replacement housing development, and financial and grants management of federal and state disaster recovery programs related to Hurricane Florence. The county expects to select a consultant by November 13.
The county’s Hurricane Florence Recovery Coordination Office will be located at the county’s Executive Development Center, 1241 Military Cutoff Road in Wilmington. For information about the office and other recovery efforts in the community, visit HurricaneRecovery.NHCgov.com.
Residents can also sign up for recovery news and updates here.
New Hanover County has been declared a federal disaster area as a result of Hurricane Florence, so residents may be eligible for FEMA Individual Disaster Assistance. Residents, including renters who have been displaced from their home can also apply for FEMA’s housing assistance. For more information, visit DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362. Visit EmergencyNHC.com for additional recovery and relief information.