Region and State Assist Town of Robbins with Urgent Hurricane Recovery Needs
Robbins Receives $1.6 Million Grant from NC Office of Recovery & Resiliency
Durham, NC, February 2019 - Last fall, Hurricane Florence hit the small town of Robbins in Moore County hard, causing extensive damage to public facilities and limiting an already stretched operational capacity. Luckily, dedicated Town staff, regional assistance, and the State of North Carolina's newly formed Office of Recovery & Resiliency (NC ORR) prevailed.
On February 15th, the Town of Robbins was notified that they will receive a $1.6 million grant from the NC Office of Resiliency & Recovery's revolving loan fund to cover their funding gap between disaster recovery needs and available funds; the loan will cover costs in advance of receiving FEMA reimbursement. As a member of Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG), the regional government entity for the Triangle Region, Robbins Town Manager David Lambert reached out to TJCOG to leverage the organization's expertise and assistance to address the urgent need.
Triangle J Council of Governments conducted onsite visits and conversations with Town staff and peer communities - City of Durham; Town of Fuquay-Varina; City of Raleigh; Town of Selma; and Town of Zebulon - from across the region to assess need and review funding opportunities; provided grant writing for NC Office of Recovery & Resiliency opportunities; and coordinated technical assistance to the Town.
"I appreciate the insight and context that TJCOG offered as we applied for this funding opportunity", David Lambert remarked. "Without TJCOG assisting us in this grant opportunity, we could have missed an incredible opportunity for necessary hurricane relief funding.”
While disaster recovery remains an overwhelming challenge for local governments across North Carolina, collaboration across town and county boundaries enabled Robbins - and can help other local governments - to overcome staff limitations, share best practices, and address resiliency, the ability to plan for and adapt to unexpected stresses or shocks, on a large scale.
"We were thrilled that the Town of Robbins received this much-needed assistance from the State of North Carolina and were happy to provide technical assistance to get this great grant opportunity", said Lee Worsley, Executive Director of TJCOG. "This is a great example of how we assist our 43 member governments on many critical issues. I particularly want to thank TJCOG staff member Mary Sell, who personally assisted the Town of Robbins with this effort."
Additional funding is currently available for local governments in the form of grant funds for financially distressed entities and revolving loans for recovery and long-term resiliency planning. Interested organizations can learn more about these opportunities and additional programs on NC ORR's website www.rebuild.nc.gov. Additional questions about disaster recovery or long-term resiliency planning needs can be directed to Alana Keegan, email@example.com.