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Local government support for small business recovery and reopening

August 24, 2020

It is never too soon to start thinking about recovery, even in the midst of the pandemic. As communities look toward recovery, leaders are wrestling with how to establish a legally permissible aid program to assist small businesses with reopening. Many local governments established small business lo … Continued

How North Carolina has used Community Development Block Grants to Fund Disaster Recovery Programs

April 3, 2020

This post is Part 2 of a two-part series explaining how Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) are administered in North Carolina and how they’ve been used to help rebuild communities affected by Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence. In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew … Continued

Disaster Recovery Legislation Imposes Building Permit and Inspection Fee Moratorium Effective NOW

October 18, 2018

By a unanimous vote in both chambers on Monday evening (October 15th), the General Assembly quickly approved and Governor Cooper signed legislation appropriating almost four hundred million dollars in disaster relief for communities and individuals impacted by Hurricane Florence.  The full text of S … Continued

Temporary Housing and Zoning Amendments

October 8, 2018

As communities begin the long recovery process in the wake of Hurricane Florence, many residents will need temporary housing. One challenge, though, is the zoning ordinance.  Most zoning ordinances strictly limit manufactured homes and recreational vehicles (RVs). As the Federal Emergency Management … Continued

Local Government Financial Resilience and Preparation Before a Natural Disaster

November 28, 2017

This year’s U.S. Atlantic hurricane season is officially the most expensive ever, amounting to $202.6 billion in damages across the Atlantic basin. This record-breaking hurricane season brought some of the most catastrophic storms in recent memory. As Hurricane Katrina reshaped New Orleans in 2005, … Continued

An Information Tool for Post-Disaster Economic Recovery

September 6, 2011

Jonathan Morgan is a School of Government faculty member. North Carolina’s recent experience with Hurricane Irene focuses attention on the difficult challenge of rebuilding a local economy in the aftermath of a major natural disaster.  There has been no shortage of disasters–natural and man-made–t … Continued

When Disaster Strikes, Is Your Community Ready?

July 19, 2011

Norma Houston is a School of Government faculty member. North Carolina is no stranger to disasters.  Natural events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, winter storms, mudslides, and floods have assailed every corner of our state.  Man-made events such as chemical plant explosions, natural gas … Continued