President Trump approves North Carolina’s disaster declaration

President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

RALEIGH – President Donald Trump declared a major disaster exists in North Carolina and ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local efforts relating to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Gov. Roy Cooper requested the disaster declaration on March 24.
The President’s action makes federal funding available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private non-profit organizations for emergency protective measures for the state.

Gov. Cooper issued a state of emergency for North Carolina to respond to the Coronavirus COVID-19 crisis on March 10. President Trump followed by declaring a national emergency on March 13. FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor named Gracia B. Szczech as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations for the state. 
Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments.