U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC) continued her tour of hurricane-affected communities in eastern North Carolina today. This afternoon, Hagan joined Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and Governor Bev Perdue for an aerial tour of damage from Hurricane Irene along the Outer Banks.
"As our communities take the necessary steps to recover from the storm, I am working with Secretaries Napolitano and Vilsack, Governor Perdue, and emergency managers on the ground to ensure the federal government provides needed assistance to North Carolina," said Hagan. "Having surveyed the damage across our Eastern North Carolina communities, it is clear that we have our work cut out for us. Our agricultural industry, which employs one fifth of our state's workers, was particularly hard hit. But the sense of community and support I've seen across the state is inspiring."
For photos from Senator Hagan's tour and briefing with Secretary Napolitano, Secretary Vilsack, and Governor Perdue, click here and here.
Earlier today, Hagan toured East Carolina University and received a briefing on the efforts underway to repair damages and get students back to class. Hagan has been closely monitoring the situation for several days and began her tour on the ground yesterday in New Bern and Washington. Hagan received briefings along the way from county commissioners and emergency managers, and visited with volunteers and affected families.
"I want North Carolinians to know they can contact my office for updated information, support and assistance, including help with the federal claim-filing process," said Hagan.
Individuals seeking assistance with hurricane recovery should contact Senator Hagan's office at 877-852-9462 ext. 13. To contact FEMA disaster assistance call 800-621-3362 or visit disasterassistance.gov.