10/12/16 - Hurricane Matthew Aftermath

Hurricane Matthew Aftermath

The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and many other agencies and organizations, as well as local and federal officials continue to provide additional resources and personnel to support the recovery efforts in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. Hurricane Matthew has forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate and abandon their homes. Many are still unable to return to their residences due to ongoing flooding from swelled rivers. As of October 12, 2016, there have been 33 reported deaths in the US and the number continues to climb due to floodwaters still rising in some areas. Flooding is expected to continue over the next few days in North Carolina and more evacuations are on the way. Please stay safe and follow the directives of state and local officials. Recovery from this Hurricane and its aftermath flooding will be a long and slow process. Here are some helpful resources for information on Hurricane cleanup and recovery: Disaster recovery and environmental health Food Safety Health and Safety