Last week we all watched as Hurricane Dorian destroyed homes, washed away infrastructure and devastated the Bahamas before making its way up the eastern seaboard and the coast of North Carolina. Renee and I are continuing to pray for all those affected by this devastating storm. Thankfully, our district was mostly spared from the very worst of the storm, but we were reminded of the deadly power hurricanes possess and the need to be prepared this time of year.
While the storm is past our state, it left behind a devastating footprint. North Carolinians are resilient, and like the storms that have come before us, this storm will not break us. We all know someone who has been affected by this travesty and need help, and I encourage you to do your part to help your friends and neighbors in need. I want to thank our first responders, National Guard troops, and swift water rescue teams who work incredibly hard saving lives. I also want to thank state and local officials who serve to keep North Carolinians informed and get help to those who desperately need it. Our response and recovery efforts are top-notch, and we continue to prioritize strong communication and coordination between local, state and federal officials.
Before the storm reached our state, President Donald Trump issued an Emergency Disaster Declaration for North Carolina. This means North Carolina will have access to supplemental federal disaster assistance. I continue to monitor the storm’s impact and lead the charge in Washington to ensure our state has what’s necessary to rebuild our communities and provide assistance to those in need.
While the 8th District did not receive the worst of the storm, Dorian was a very clear reminder that we must prepare for these storms. As we saw in Hurricane Matthew and Florence, these hurricanes can have long-lasting effects on our communities. This month is National Preparedness Month and it’s recognized every year to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. The 2019 theme is "Prepared, Not Scared." I want to make sure you are aware of the resources at your disposal in the unfortunate event another hurricane hits North Carolina.
In the event of a storm, you can call 2-1-1 for the latest information on shelters, food, water, and other resources. For real-time road closures and traffic condition in your area, visit ReadyNC.org or call 5-1-1. If you experienced damage from a storm, you can apply for FEMA assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
Farmers in North Carolina who need assistance can call the Agriculture Disaster Hotline at 1-866-645-9403 and are encouraged to report damages to their county USDA FSA office as soon as possible. Veterans impacted by a hurricane who have questions about prescription drugs, resources, information, appointments or other health care concerns can call 800-507-4571.
As always, if you need help working with a federal agency or finding the right resources, you can call my Cabarrus County office at 704-786-1612, my Cumberland County office at 910-997-2070, my Moore County office at 910-246-5374, my Washington, DC office at 202-225-3715 or contact me online at http://hudson.house.gov.
The biggest takeaway is always be prepared. Hurricane season is upon us, and you need to plan and prepare now. Visit ready.gov to learn more about the steps you and your family should take to always be ready in an emergency or natural disaster.
Hudson represents North Carolina’s 8th District which include Cabarrus and other counties.