Dear Chamber Members and Area Businesses:
While there has been widespread damage, we know our community is “Florence Strong” and resilient. To help those trying to get their businesses back up and running, we have created this information page with helpful links and downloads to numerous resources.
Your Chamber is still working hard for you!!
SMALL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION:
The Small Business Administration is seeking to hire experienced temporary workers for activities relating to SBA’s disaster assistance loan program. See Here
SMALL BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Hurrincane Florence Business Recovery - providing free business recovery assistance
REQUESTS FOR QUOTES AND PROPOSALS:
Requests for Proposals/Qualifications Services and Technology:RFP Number: COF1516312Start Date: 09/21/2018Close Date: 10/31/2018 5:00 PM RFPPost Status: Open
Appraisal Services for Hazard Mitigation Grant ProgramRFP Number: COF1516311Start Date: 09/20/2018Close Date:RFP Status: Open
Request for Quotes - Appraisal Services for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (Click for PDF Copy)
OTHER HELPFUL LINKS:
- Unemployment Assistance Due To Hurricane Florence
- National Dislocated Worker Grants
- Doing Business After A Disaster
- Small Business Disaster Recovery
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR - WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION
In the wake of Hurricane Florence, the U.S. Department of Labor- Wage and Hour Division (WHD) wants employers and employees in the communities affected by severe storms, floods, and other disasters to be aware that we are here to assist them with their labor law compliance needs. See Here.
NC DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION EMERGENCY CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES: (Must own preferred equipment for emergency responses)
• Prequalification is required. Please visit: https://connect.ncdot.gov/
• Insurance is required (Worker’s Comp and General Liability) – can purchase for time needed
Work Code Opportunities include• 0050 – Hauling (Not Asphalt)• 0055 – Hauling (including Asphalt)• 0200 – Clearing & Grubbing• 0210 – Removal & Demolition• 0310 – Pipe Installation• 1105 – Traffic Control• 1651 – Tree Removal & Landscaping• 6000 – Debris Removal• 6010 – Cut & Shove• 0099 – Other (Can include Bridge Repair)
NCDOT Contact Information
Jenine Stevenson: Phone 984-365-0628, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christy Thaxton: Phone: 984-365-0641, email: email@example.com
NC READY NOW:
Get ReadyNC to go
The ReadyNC mobile app is an all-in-one tool to help people get ready for everything from traffic jams to hurricanes and ice storms. The app gives information on real-time traffic and weather conditions, river levels, evacuations and power outages.
Created by the N.C. Department of Public Safety and North Carolina Emergency Management.
Storm Debris Collection to Begin
The City, in conjunction with assistance from FEMA, will be collecting storm-related debris beginning on Sept. 24. Residents are asked to be patient with storm debris pickup; it may take weeks to be completed. Numerous passes will be made through each neighborhood to ensure all debris is collected.
- Residents should place the following items at the curb in three separate piles; DO NOT MIX THE PILES:
- Vegetative Debris: Place logs (no length restriction), plants and larger tree branches in one combined pile at the curb. Containerize leaves, small branches and twigs, pine straw and pine cones in yard waste containers.
- Construction and Demolition Debris: Place building materials, carpet, drywall, furniture, lumber, mattresses and plumbing items in one combined pile at the curb.
- Appliances and White Goods: Place air conditioners, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers and water heaters at the curb in one combined pile.
- Debris should be placed on the grass or the driveway and within seven feet of the curb. This is because the trucks picking up debris are limited in their reach.
- Debris should NOT be placed in the road, under a tree, next to a pole, under power lines or obstructed by anything else. Do not park cars in front of your piles, as it will prohibit the trucks from accessing the piles.
The following items should be taken to County landfills or container sites:
- Electronics: All electronics, including computers, radios, stereos, televisions and other corded devices.
- Household Hazardous Waste: All household hazardous waste, including cleaning supplies, batteries, lawn chemicals, oils, oil-based paints and stains and pesticides.
- Residents should see which container sites take these items by logging onto https://tinyurl.com/yayjerkg.
- Normal household trash, recycling and bagged debris of any kind will not be picked up with storm debris. Residents should continue following their normal trash, yard waste and recycling schedules for these items.
Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH)
- The DDH remains available with 24/7 confidential & multilingual crisis counseling and support for anyone experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to Hurricane Harvey, and any other natural or human-caused disaster in the U.S./territories.
- Call 1-800-985-5990; Spanish-speakers can press "2"
- Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746; Spanish-speakers can text "Hablanos" to 66746
- The DDH website has pages dedicated to TS/Hurricanes http://1.usa.
- Please help us reach those who may be experiencing distress from Hurricane Harvey by sharing the following template (adapting w/ relevant hashtags as needed) via social media accounts: @Distressline 1-800-985-5990
offers 24/7 support if you're struggling after disaster
GIVING TOGETHER TO SUPPORT
Giving Your Time
Many of us were spared from most of the wrath that Hurricane Florence inflicted on the Carolinas. The same cannot be said for many flooded southeastern North Carolina towns, which still remain without power, food, water and other resources. It's a situation where many feel helpless, and want to offer aid in the most effective way possible.
Fast Company magazine compiled a list of 10 great resources to donate and volunteer through to help those impacted by the hurricane. The list includes:
- Task Force 75
- Red Cross
- blood drives
- North Carolina Community Foundation
- Team Rubicon
- American Humane Society
- National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
- Habitat for Humanity
We highly recommend checking out the list and seeing how you can help. Every little bit counts.