Big funding win for Fair Bluff

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a $4.8 million grant to the Columbus County town of Fair Bluff. The money will be used to construct a small business center, which will help sustain and grow business in the region. Fair Bluff suffered severe damage from Hurricane Florence in 2018. Click here for more information.

Draft action plan for Florence CDBG funding

The NC Office of Recovery and Resiliency has also posted the draft action plan for CDBG-DR for Hurricane Florence funding. Public comment is being sought through March 8. The "most impacted and distressed" areas are listed as Brunwsick, Columbus, New Hanover, Pender and Robeson counties along with Clarkton, Laurinburg and Spring Lake zip codes. Click here for information.

NC gets guidelines for spending $542M in

Florence funds

A federal notice will allow North Carolina to make spending plans for more than $540 million in Hurricane Florence recovery funds. Click here for details.

Tillis, Burr announce $321 million in funding to

support disaster relief efforts

The funding goes to North Topsail Beach/Surf City, Carteret County and the community of Princeville. Click here for details.

Recovery funds to help more Bladen, Columbus


The most impacted and distressed designation for Hurricane Matthew victims has been expanded. Click here for details.

Buying out flood-prone homes in Columbus

More than $1.7 million in funding is headed to Columbus County to buy out homes repeatedly damaged by flooding. Click here for details.

Archived news related to disaster recovery in the

SEDC region

Stay up to speed with North Carolina’s disaster recovery progress and important updates that may affect you.

  • Despite repeated hurricane devastation, Brunswick County is booming, and the growth is expected to continue. Click here for more information.
  • Lumberton is considering a multipronged effort to address affordable housing after as many as 500 homes were damaged by Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. Click here for details.
  • Legislation introduced by Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) would provide additional disaster relief to North Carolina as residents continue to recover from Hurricane Florence. Rural communities, farmers, water and wastewater projects, highway and transit projects, veteran and others may benefit. Click here for more information.
  • Are you trying to recover from Florence? Click here for information on cleanup, safe food and water, child care needs and more.
  • Do you receive EBT aid? In the wake of Hurricane Florence, you may be able to receive more assistance. Click here for more information.
  • Business owners share 6 tips on how to prepare for disasters, courtesy of the SBA.
  • The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June through November. As the season is upon us, we encourage you to take these simple readiness steps.