GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Pastors, clergy, and several community groups met in Greenville Tuesday morning to address lingering needs following Hurricane Matthew and other recent disasters.
The purpose of the meeting was to collaborate in order to determine the best way to get federal, state and other resources to disaster-impacted communities and people.
The program addressed FEMA’s role in providing aid, available state programs and other means of getting help.
“Most people are just amazed now after 1999 that it’s taken this long for the funds to actually hit the ground,” noted Sidney Locks, CEO of Transforming Christian Ministries.
“We had over 3000 people that were affected by Matthew and there were only 1057 that FEMA was able to assist so we have over 2000 people still out there,” added Rodney Coles, Sr. with Churches Outreach Network, Interfaith Clergy, and the Disaster Recovery Partnership for Pitt County.
The next step could be getting clergy involved with Hurricane Matthew impact documentation forms, going door to door to assess the need in their communities. A similar approached has worked well in the past in Robeson County.
“There has been historically this under-funding and non-funding of documentation,” said Locks. “The county emergency management team, they don’t have funding to staff that so we really need volunteers.”
And who better, than those who know their community best.
“Right now, we don’t have case workers, and what it actually does is makes us the case workers,” said Coles.
The Disaster Recovery Partnership for Pitt County and the Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster also attended the meeting.
Disaster Recovery Partners for Pitt County will hand out needed supplies to families impacted by Hurricane Matthew. The group will be at 713 Albemarle Avenue in Greenville from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, 2017. There will also be additional resources on site to help affected families.
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