Lessons for North Carolina to Learn from Hurricane Florence Which Devastated State, Especially New Bern

Commanding officers of the U.S. Coast Guard survey the flooding in New Bern, NC Saturday ,Sept. 15, 2018 to assess the impact of Hurricane Florence.
Commanding officers of the U.S. Coast Guard survey the flooding in New Bern, NC Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 to assess the impact of Hurricane Florence.

The state is still recovering from Hurricane Florence, and the next hurricane season begins in June.

A volunteer force from IBM spent a month in North Carolina coming up with ideas to better coordinate emergency responses, donations and volunteers.

A dozen IBM volunteers from six countries — participants in the IBM Corporate Service Corps — talked to government officials, businesses, churches and volunteer organizations and helped with hands-on Florence recovery. They formally presented their ideas for improvements to the state on Friday.

“IBM stepped up in a big way,” said Kristi Jones, Gov. Roy Cooper’s chief of staff. “It’s not enough to get through the storm, you want to learn through the storm.”

Hurricane Florence, which hit the state in mid-September last year, and the resulting flooding damaged or destroyed thousands of homes in the state, and was responsible for more than three dozen deaths, The News & Observer has reported.

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SOURCE: LYNN BONNER
The News & Observer