North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper recently told federal officials during a hurricane briefing that the state is prepared for dealing with hurricanes.
“In North Carolina we’re veterans when it comes to preparing for and responding to hurricanes," Cooper said. “We’re constantly working to stay ready for the next storm and its aftermath, even as we’re still recovering from Hurricane Matthew.”
Hurricane Matthew occurred in October 2016, affecting half the state's counties and causing $4.8 billion in damage.
Cooper thanked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for help during Hurricane Matthew recovery. He was one of three governors chosen to speak during the video conference, which included governors in states most likely to experience hurricanes or threats of hurricanes.
“Natural disaster preparedness is a joint effort between state and local partners, the American people, and the federal government. We at (the Department of Homeland Security) DHS and FEMA are ready to respond quickly, efficiently, and effectively when a disaster occurs,” acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke said. “We take this responsibility seriously, and like today will continue to coordinate closely with our state and local partners to support our nation’s collective ability to respond.”
North Carolina has also created resources to help with disaster response, such as search-and-rescue teams, mobile hospitals and warehouses to provide resources to thousands of survivors, if necessary.
“We are one of the leaders in the country in hurricane preparedness,“ Cooper said, explaining recent training exercises and conferences. “We keep our skills fresh and learn lessons from these exercises.”