Gov. McCrory signs Disaster Recovery Act into law

Pat-McCrory

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) – Gov. Pat McCrory signed the Disaster Recovery Act of 2016 into law Thursday morning at a special bill signing ceremony at the Executive Mansion.

It took just over 24 hours before the House and Senate came to an agreement and passed the Disaster Recovery Act, which will provide $200 million to Hurricane Matthew and western wildfire victims.

The act was passed during a special legislative session called by Governor Pat McCrory.

It details how and where the money is spent, and forgives school days missed due to emergency circumstances.

School districts and charter schools who missed more than two days due to Hurricane Matthew will have those days forgiven. Those schools will now only have to make up two days.

Below is a break down of how the money will be spent:

  1. $66,228,370: allocated to the State Emergency Response and Disaster Relief fund to provide the state match for federal assistance.
  2. $20,000,000: allocated to the Housing Trust fund for families and individuals impacted by Hurricane Matthew, the western wildfires, or Tropical Storms Julia and Hermine. Those impacted can’t have incomes exceeding 100% of the area’s median income.
  3. $9,000,000: allocated to the Division of Emergency Management to develop, implement and fund disaster assistance program to meeting sheltering and short-term housing needs of people impacted by the above mentioned disasters.
  4. $11,500,000: allocated to the Division of Emergency Management to hold planning meetings in the 49 counties that were declared a major disaster site, develop resilient plans, oversee submission of the resiliency action plans for federal approval, and provide support for the planning, design and implementation of the plans.
  5. $10,000,000: allocated to the State Emergency Response Disaster Relief Fund to ensure funds are available for future disasters.
  6. $5,000,000: allocated to The Golden L.E.A.F. to provide grants to impacted small businesses.
  7. $20,000,000: allocated to The Golden L.E.A.F. to provide grants to local governments to build new infrastructures outside of the 100-year floodplain, or repair and replace existing infrastructures.
  8. $10,000,000: allocated to Department of Commerce to provide grants to local governments for development of new residential structures outside of the 100-year floodplain and repair or replace existing infrastructure.
  9. $10,000,000: allocated to the Department of Environmental Quality for disaster-related infrastructure and cleanup needs, which includes repairs to wastewater and drinking water systems, dam safety, and solid waste cleanup.
  10. $37,950,000: allocated to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for the following:
    1. $25,500,000 to NC Forest Service for repairs at Claridge Nursery in Wayne County, wildfire response, and disaster-related timber restoration.
    2. $12,200,000 to the Division of Soil and Water Conservation for stream debris removal and non-field farm road repairs and repairs to farm ponds and dams.
    3. $250,000 to Research Stations Division for dike repairs at Cherry Research Farm in Wayne County.
  11. $1,000,000: allocated to Department of Insurance and Office of the State Fire Marshall to provide grants to volunteer fire departments for repairs caused by recent natural disasters.
  12. $250,000: allocated to the Department of Commerce to assess the need for business assistance funds for businesses impacted by natural disasters.

No money from the act can be used to construct new buildings within the 100-year floodplain, except for certain circumstances.

The money spent in the act would need to be paid back in the Governor’s recommended state budget for 2017-2018.

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