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Raleigh, N.C. Governor Pat McCrory updated elected officials from many of the North Carolina League of Municipalities' 540 member cities, towns and villages today on the ongoing efforts to recover from Hurricane Matthew, including the latest on the governor's Hurricane Matthew Recovery Task Force he established last week.
"We will continue working with towns, cities and counties across North Carolina to recover from Hurricane Matthew and prepare for the future,"
said Governor McCrory. "Our Hurricane Matthew Recovery Task Force will be comprised of leaders from impacted regions so that we develop the best strategic plans to rebuild and prepare."
During a conversation with Elkin Mayor and President of the League, Lestine Hutchens, Governor McCrory discussed the newly established Hurricane Matthew Recovery Task Force that will be chaired by the governor's Chief of Staff Thomas Stith. Other co-chairs will include Steve Wordsworth of Rocky Mount, Anne Faircloth of Clinton and Vanessa Harrison, North Carolina President of AT&T. The task force will organize efforts to raise money for those impacted, assess the hurricane's financial impact on small businesses, agriculture, commercial fishing and other industries and develop an economic recovery plan of action, and implement a comprehensive strategy for how to rebuild communities in a sustainable way and prepare for future challenges.
At today's meeting, the governor said additional members will be added to the task force in the coming weeks from across North Carolina.
Governor McCrory also announced that he will visit Princeville tomorrow and tour other impacted areas throughout the week to assess progress that has been made, as well as areas that need additional support. Since Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina, the governor has visited Fayetteville, Lumberton, Whiteville, Clinton, Fair Bluff, Princeville, Tarboro, Goldsboro, Kinston, Burgaw and Clinton.
The governor encouraged individuals and groups to help in the relief efforts by making a financial or other contribution. Monetary contributions to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund for Hurricane Matthew can be made by texting NCRECOVERS to 30306 or by visiting NCDisasterRelief.org
. This is one of the best ways to help fund long-term recovery efforts. Also, a list of organizations assisting with the North Carolina relief effort can be found at NCvoad.org