Storm Season

Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund

Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday activated the state’s disaster relief fund to support long-term recovery efforts.

The governor’s office is partnering with United Way of North Carolina, which will act as the administrative organization for the fund. Only financial donations are accepted.

To donate, go to, or mail checks payable to “North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund” to the governor’s office at 20312 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699. A text-only phone number for donations is being set up.

The NC Disaster Relief Fund only accepts financial contributions, and will not accept food or clothing. Opportunities to volunteer can be found here
The NC Disaster Relief Fund financially supports long-term recovery efforts performed by groups recognized by the North Carolina Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NCVOAD). The fund provides grants which can be used by member organizations to purchase building materials needed to clean, repair and/or build homes that have been damaged and/or destroyed by Hurricane Matthew.
As relief efforts remain underway, Governor McCrory is cautioning citizens about the prevalence of scams and urging people to only support trusted organizations operating in affected areas.  "Unfortunately, disasters can lead to an increase in fraud or money scams," said Governor McCrory. "We want to ensure people know which organizations are trusted to provide the best support to affected communities.  As we work together to recover from Hurricane Matthew, be aware of potential scams."

Read more here: Offices Reopen after Hurricane Matthew

DEQ Offices Reopen After Hurricane Matthew

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s offices in Washington and Raleigh were reopened to the public Oct. 11, 2016. Both had been closed Monday due to flooding issues or power outages from Hurricane Matthew. The Fayetteville regional office remained closed Oct. 11, 2016, and will likely be closed for the rest of the week due to storm damage.

People needing permit or other environmental assistance should be patient. Staffing in both offices is limited because some employees must continue working from home or are responding to environmental and public safety emergencies. Until normal conditions resume, staff will respond as quickly as possible to voice mails or emails sent to a work email address.

People needing environmental assistance should first attempt to contact their closest regional office. If assistance is not readily available at that location, you may also call the department’s toll-free hotline: 1-877-623-6748. To report an environmental emergency in North Carolina, call 1-800-858-0368.  

The agency’s other regional and field offices and coastal reserves are all open to the public.

Storms affect North Carolina in all seasons.


2016 Storm Names

  • Alex
  • Bonnie
  • Colin
  • Danielle
  • Earl
  • Fiona
  • Gaston
  • Hermine
  • Ian
  • Julia
  • Karl
  • Lisa
  • Matthew
  • Nicole


  • Otto
  • Paula
  • Richard
  • Shary
  • Tobias
  • Virgine
  • Walter


Tree Damage  a landslide  sandbags


DEQ Contacts

Government Agency Links

News Releases


State officials counter false reports about coal ash

State seeks public input to environmental permits for Duke Energy's Belews Creek plant

Temporary sites oen to accept debris from Hurricane Matthew 

Flyover of eastern North Carolian farms shows some flooding, no confirmed breaches

Marine patrol assists with Hatteras ferry checkpoint

Environmental department evauluates minimal release of coal ash 

State environmental department notified of possible coal ash release 

State Water Infrastructure Authority to meet Oct. 19 in Raleigh 

State environmental officials visit Woodlake dam in Moore County 

State Environmental officials offer guidance on proper waste disposal after Hurricane Matthew

McCrory administration issues emergency permit for hurricane recovery

Two state Environmental offices reopen and one remains closed due to Hurricane Matthew impacts