Mark's Weekly Update - 10-14-16
Letter to FEMA with Governor McCrory
By now, many of you have probably seen some of the sobering images of the damage left behind by Hurricane Matthew. The hurricane hit areas like Cuba, Haiti, and parts of Florida very hard--be sure to pray for everyone recovering.
As you know, North Carolina also experienced significant damage and tragic loss of life from the hurricane and has been in need of major assistance. That is why last weekend, Governor Pat McCrory wrote a letter to President Obama and the Regional Administrator of FEMA requesting expedited disaster relief assistance due to the severe damage in North Carolina. The same day, I also sent a letter to FEMA in support of Governor McCrory's request so we can begin the relief efforts as soon as possible. We are thankful that FEMA granted our request.
My staff and I also had a chance to meet with FEMA officials at the NC Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh. I am in contact with them and with Governor McCrory, and my office is ready and willing to do anything we can to help support people recovering from the hurricane.
NC experienced some significant damage, but our people are resilient and we will bounce back. Please continue praying for everyone affected by the hurricane and for the first responders who will be working long hours in the coming days.
Meeting with FEMA officials at the NC Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh
Hurricane Matthew Relief
This week, my Deputy Chief of Staff, Wayne King, and I traveled to Eastern North Carolina to help with Hurricane Matthew relief efforts. We were able to participate in a briefing at the Wayne Co. Emergency Operations Center with House Speaker Moore, Wayne Co. Sheriff Larry Pierce, and other Wayne Co. elected officials.
While on site, we passed St. Marks Church of Christ in Goldsboro--which is experiencing some severe flooding. As you can see in one of the pictures below, much of it is under water.
Also on the scene were several of North Carolina’s elected officials and emergency service managers, including NC-7 Rep. David Rouzer, State Rep. Jimmy Dixon, Director of NC Emergency Management Mike Sprayberry, Speaker Tim Moore, State Rep. John Bell, and more.
It was amazing to witness the resolve of the community in Eastern NC to get back on track, and hopefully we were able to make some progress.
Briefing at the Wayne Co. Emergency Operations Center
Passing St. Mark’s Church of Christ under flood damage
Meeting with firefighters and first responders from the Grantham VFD in Wayne County, NC
With State Rep. & Majority Leader John Bell and Norma Vega with the American Red Cross, surveying damage in Wayne County NC
Thanking members of the NC National Guard at the Wayne Co Emergency Ops Center
With NC-7 Congressman David Rouzer in Goldsboro at the Wayne Co Emergency Ops Center
With Mike Sprayberry - Director of NC Emergency Management
Speaking with FEMA at the NC Emergency Ops Center with NC Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry
With State Rep Jimmy Dixon (Chairman - House Ag Comm) in Wayne Co.
Speaking to the Service Academy
I was grateful for the opportunity to attend Service Academy Day at the North Carolina National Guard Armory in East Flat Rock, NC. It was wonderful to be there and speak to many of our service members and their families--every day I'm grateful for their dedicated sacrifice!
Speaking to service members at the Service Academy in East Flat Rock, NC
With two fine servicemen!
Career Day with Henderson County Students
It was a pleasure to speak with some Henderson County students at a Career Day event at Blue Ridge Community College this week. We had a great discussion about the importance of interactions with people on a daily basis. The way you treat people in your day-to-day life can have as significant of an impact on your life as anything else.
These kids have an incredibly bright future--a tribute to both their parents and their teachers!
Talking with Henderson County students at Career Day
Thank you to the wonderful students and teachers at Hillandale Elementary in Flat Rock, NC for having me visit this week to speak, answer questions, and hear about what you all have been learning! The kids were incredibly attentive and asked great questions!
Speaking to the students at Hillandale Elementary
Meeting one of the students afterward!