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People in the Food and Nutrition Services Program Impacted by Florence May Be Eligible for Extra Help Buying Food in 27 Counties

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Today, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced that people currently receiving help buying food through the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) program may be eligible for extra help in 27 counties heavily impacted by Hurricane Florence. Those counties are Bladen, Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne and Wilson. 

Governor Cooper Orders Mosquito Control for Disaster Counties

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Due to the increased populations of mosquitoes caused by flooding from Hurricane Florence, Governor Roy Cooper ordered $4 million to fund mosquito control efforts in counties currently under a major disaster declaration.

Many Residents of 27 NC Counties Can Soon Apply for Help Buying Food After Hurricane Florence

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

As early as Friday, residents in 27 counties impacted by Hurricane Florence can apply for help buying food through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or “D-SNAP”, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services received federal authority to implement the program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

DHHS Provides More Ways to Avoid Disruption of NC Medicaid Services During Hurricane Florence Recovery

Friday, September 21, 2018

Today, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced additional flexibilities to expand its efforts to ensure Medicaid and NC Health Choice services can be quickly delivered to those impacted by Hurricane Florence. These new flexibilities will help people in Medicaid receive care without disruption and give health care providers leeway to deliver services with fewer limits.

Mold in Buildings Flooded by Hurricane Florence Presents Health Risks; Health Officials Encourage Precautions

Friday, September 21, 2018

As North Carolinians begin to clean up debris and building interiors that may have been exposed to flooding or standing water caused by Hurricane Florence, state health officials are cautioning them to be mindful of the hazards associated with mold and other contaminants that may be present inside homes and other buildings.

Threat of Injuries, Mosquitoes Await Those Returning Home to Clean Up Debris

Thursday, September 20, 2018

As flooding continues in parts of North Carolina and recedes in others, public health officials are recommending caution, particularly while people return to their homes in some areas to start the process of debris removal and cleanup in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

DHHS Encourages Medical Professionals and Others to Volunteer to Help with Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are encouraging nurses, physicians, behavioral health professionals and others interested in volunteering to help people impacted by the storm to get connected with the appropriate resources and organizations

DHHS Makes it Easier for WIC Program Participants Affected by Hurricane Florence to Access Benefits and Services

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has announced flexibility for families enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program to help those affected by Hurricane Florence. This temporary flexibility will apply to participants enrolled in the WIC program whose WIC office is closed or experiencing hardships related to impacts from the hurricane.  

Caswell Developmental Center Experiencing Phone Outage

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Caswell Developmental Center, a state-operated developmental center in Kinston that serves the state's eastern region, is experiencing a phone outage due to its service provider, CenturyLink, having widespread outages. Caswell Developmental Center has maintained frequent and regular contact with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, which operates the center, and DHHS has reached out to guardians to notify them of the outage. All residents are currently doing well, and should any individual concerns arise, guardians will be contacted.

Health Officials Warn That Excessive Rains, Flooding May Cause Problems with Home Septic Systems

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Public health officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are warning that the heavy rains and flooding from Hurricane Florence may cause major problems with septic systems.