U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC) today applauded state, federal and local relief agencies, the National Guard, first responders, volunteer organizations, and members of each community working to support Hurricane Irene relief efforts.
"This week I visited communities throughout eastern North Carolina that are struggling to recover from Hurricane Irene," Hagan said. "Everywhere I went, I saw emergency workers, volunteer organizations, and members of the community committed to getting their neighbors back on their feet. In Craven and Tyrrell Counties, the American Red Cross and North Carolina Baptist Men are providing hot meals, shelter and debris removal for those affected by the hurricane. The North Carolina National Guard activated over 400 members to provide emergency water, food and supplies to some of the hardest hit areas. And emergency workers throughout the state are helping families, businesses, and entire communities recover and rebuild. This is truly the North Carolina spirit at work.
"We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I will continue to coordinate with our dedicated relief agencies, first responders, community organizations and volunteers, as well as the Governor and the White House, to ensure that North Carolinians affected by this storm receive the resources and assistance they need."
Agencies and volunteer organizations joining in emergency response and relief efforts include the North Carolina National Guard, North Carolina Emergency Management, the Division of Forest Resources, the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the Governor's Office, the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the U.S. Coast Guard, FEMA, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the North Carolina Baptist Men, Hearts With Hands and so many others.
"While the affects of this storm were disastrous for North Carolina, they would have been much greater without the efforts of so many to prepare our state in advance of the hurricane," Hagan said.