Extension Daily Digest | Hurricane Recovery (Oct. 19, 2016)

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These summary messages aim to compile important updates we receive throughout the day from a broad range of sources covering a wide variety of topics related to Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts. Our goal is to gather these resources in a central location on a daily basis to assist our Extension employees with accessing the information they need.

ADMINISTRATIVE MESSAGES & UPDATES

CALS Launches Disaster Assistance Effort for Employees
A new initiative will provide assistance to CALS and Extension employees that have sustained significant losses as a result of Hurricane Matthew, many of whom are going above and beyond to serve their communities.


GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS / DISASTER RELIEF

USDA-FSA Disaster Assistance Programs
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers disaster assistance and loan programs to assist agricultural producers in their recovery efforts following floods or other qualifying natural disasters.

Disaster Assistance Sales and Use Tax Exemptions
USDA has issued special disaster rules granting a waiver for hot foods purchased with SNAP EBT benefits through November 14, 2016.

INDUSTRY UPDATES & RESOURCES

Hurricane Matthew Industry Updates from NCDA&CS (10/19/16)
Updates include information on:

  • Impacts At-a-Glance
  • Executive Order 110
  • Tax Relief for Hurricane Victims
  • Flood Recession Table

Hurricane Matthew Industry Updates from NCDA&CS (10/18/16)
Updates include information on:

  • Impacts At-a-Glance
  • Hurricane Recovery
  • NCDA&CS Request Forms
  • Flooding Updates

State Environmental Inspectors to Test Water Quality Near Swine Farms
Under the direction of Gov. McCrory, state environmental inspectors will begin sampling water quality this week downstream from swine farms where floodwaters have started to recede.

Guidelines for Hurricane Matthew Cleanup in the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico Buffers
The N.C. Division of Water Resources will adhere to these procedures during cleanup from Hurricane Matthew in the protected Neuse and Tar-Pamlico Riparian Buffers.

HOME RECOVERY

Returning Home – Tips and Guidance for Rebuilding a Healthy Home
Dr. Sarah Kirby, Extension specialist with NC State University, has compiled valuable disaster resources developed by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which provide checklists and steps to help people start the process of restoration.

After the Flood: Inspect, Purge, and Disinfect Your Well
Important guidance from Drs. Diana Rashash and Mike Burchell, NC State Extension, regarding steps homeowners need to take with their wells to ensure the safety of their drinking water post-storm.

Post-Matthew Mosquito Assistance
This factsheet provides guidelines for reimbursement of mosquito abatement costs stemming from a disaster. The N.C. Emergency Management Agency (NCEMA) and FEMA are sharing this information early in an effort to maximize applicant opportunities for federal reimbursement of eligible mosquito abatement activities.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Extension Disaster Information Center

NCDA&CS Disaster Website

Agriculture Weather Emergency Hotline: 866.645.9403

Call the NCDA&CS Agriculture Weather Emergency Hotline at 866-645-9403

Call 866-645-9403