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NC disaster response has smaller budget

Posted July 28, 2011

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— North Carolina's Emergency Management Division is dealing with a smaller budget as hurricane season stretches into the summer.

Amid widespread cuts in the state budget, the Emergency Management Division lost 15.4 percent, or $539,000, from its 2009-10 funding level. The agency is working with a $2.96 million budget this year, down from $3.5 million a year earlier.

Federal grant money, though, is filling in the hole in the Emergency Management Division's budget.

NC has smaller budget for disaster response

State leaders expressed confidence that North Carolina is capable of responding well to emergencies.

"I feel like we're in a position to be able to respond to what might come our way," Emergency Management Director Doug Hoell said. "The challenge is the long-term recovery and to pay for the responses we have to do."

"I know that in North Carolina we'll step up and do what we have to do," Gov. Bev Perdue said. "We have the National Guard and the capacity to bring in people across the country."

If a major hurricane hits North Carolina, the federal government will step in to help with emergency response.

"I pray that North Carolina is not hit again this season or for a lot of years. We've been lucky for six years, and I pray that we stay lucky," Perdue said.

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  • Nope Jul 29, 2011

    "Federal grant money, though, is filling in the hole in the Emergency Management Division's budget."

    So they don't have a smaller budget, as the headline states?

  • ncpilot2 Jul 29, 2011

    It's not like the state actually does anything productive in emeregncy response during hurricanes or other situations here. Most of the actual, true responses comes from the private sector, like the power companies, or from volunteer organizations, such as church response groups.

  • abn0326 Jul 29, 2011

    Maybe they want have so many meetings at the beach resorts where they sign in and go on their merry way to have a great time at tax payer expense.

  • haggis basher Jul 29, 2011

    "Let me see...we have money for the arts, but can't fully fund disaster response during hurricane season."

    source?

    and all these cuts to save a penny on sales tax...........

  • caryzoo Jul 29, 2011

    Let me see...we have money for the arts, but can't fully fund disaster response during hurricane season. I will pray daily that Mother Nature targets our lawmakers. I will additionally pray that help will NOT be there for them when they need it. Suck it up, boys and girls!

  • corey3rd Jul 29, 2011

    it's not like NC has fires, hurricanes and tornado disasters. The worst thing that ever happens in NC is the Carolina Panthers lose to the Cowboys.