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Military
7:01 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Military Leaders To Discuss Climate Change & National Security

Air Force airmen lay sandbags to protect against a flood in MO in 2011.
Credit Dept. of Defense

Current and former members of the military want to talk about how climate change could be threatening national security. 

A public meeting in Fayetteville tonight will include discussions about evidence linking climate change to a rising risk of stronger natural disasters.  Spring Lake mayor Chris Rey is one of the speakers at the meeting and a former Army captain.  He says storms that cause widespread damage divert military resources, leaving the impacted areas more vulnerable.

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Environment
4:50 am
Fri May 31, 2013

State Leaders Push Preparedness For Hurricane Season

Gov. Pat McCrory (left) and Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan (right) talk about the state's readiness for the 2013 hurricane season
Credit Gurnal Scott

WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on North Carolina's preparation for the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season.

State leaders are stressing the importance of preparation for residents and themselves as hurricane season begins this weekend.   Forecasters say the 2013 Atlantic storm season could be another busy one.  

Their prediction of up to 20 named storms could surpass last year's 19.  North Carolina leaders stood along with Governor Pat McCrory to say now is the time for everyone to prepare for whatever may come.

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Business & Economy
10:10 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Irene Victims Get More Time in FEMA Trailers

More than a hundred coastal families displaced by Hurricane Irene faced a deadline yesterday to move out of mobile homes provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. But North Carolina Emergency Management says all of them have been given a 30-day extension. Dawn Baldwin Gibson of the Pamlico County Disaster Recovery Coalition says many residents are still trying to get money for repairs from their insurance or mortgage companies.

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Politics & Government
12:55 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Irene Deadline Approaching

The deadline approaches for victims of Hurricane Irene to file flood insurance claims. Residents who experienced damage have until Wednesday to send a damage report to insurers that issued a National Flood Insurance Policy. This week's deadline is a 30-day extension of the original October cutoff. FEMA spokesman Jeff Welsh says that was in response to residents who were not satisfied with inspections immediately after Hurricane Irene.

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Business & Economy
9:10 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Hatteras Business Still Slow After Irene

Small businesses on Hatteras Island are struggling to turn a profit a month after Hurricane Irene swept across the Outer Banks. That's despite a decision from the Department of Transportation earlier this month to restart ferry service for both visitors and residents. Keith Andre owns a construction business in Frisco. He says building centers that usually provide his equipment are nearly empty.

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Business & Economy
12:25 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Flooded Counties Fronting Bill for Mosquito Spray

FEMA's announcement that it won't run out of funds this week is good news for counties in eastern North Carolina. Local governments have been fronting the bill for disaster relief without a guarantee of reimbursement after Hurricane Irene. In Hyde County, health director Wesley Smith says officials ordered an insecticide spray from low-flying planes for 20,000 acres. He says flooding caused a boom in the mosquito population.

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Politics & Government
5:05 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Perdue Praises Disaster Declaration

Governor Bev Perdue says she's thankful the White House moved quickly to send federal assistance to North Carolina. 

Right now residents of ten counties qualify for low-interest federal loans or FEMA grants to repair their homes and businesses. Governor Perdue says she could have asked that more counties qualify, but it would have taken longer for federal assistance to come to the state. 

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