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Hurricane Matthew – Retail Update

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Hurricane Matthew has left its mark on North Carolina and, unfortunately, our friends in Eastern North Carolina are still bracing for more potentially devastating and deadly flooding. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Although Hurricane Matthew has brought destruction and heartbreak to North Carolina, the hurricane has also shone a light on the instinctive goodness in North Carolinians and their overwhelming determination to help communities in distress.  NCRMA is very proud to represent our retail members who are working hard to get their stores reopened and restocked to help their neighbors and their communities even as they themselves deal with flooding, power outages and damage. Our retailers are navigating closed roads, bridge closures and curfews to get donations to the areas that need it most and product to their stores to serve their communities in need.

It has been a tireless effort by the NCRMA staff, but also our sincere pleasure to assist our members in keeping up with ever-changing road and bridge closures, curfew updates, obtaining emergency passes, fielding donation requests, and helping them to regain power.

The need for North Carolina will remain for days, weeks and even months to come. As in past disasters, we know that you, our members, will continue to support your communities in any way you can, and we will do whatever is necessary to support you.

Please don’t hesitate to call on us if you need assistance. We will do everything we can to find the necessary information or resources to enable you to have your business up and running.

During emergency situations, such as Hurricane Matthew, NCRMA partners with the North Carolina Emergency Management Division to bring NCRMA members up-to-date information. NCRMA staff shares email updates as soon as we receive information.  If you wish to receive these updates, or would like someone  from your company to be added to the list, please email Lexi Arthur at lexia@ncrma.org today. We will continue to send updates as long as necessary.

Also, if any of our members have realized during this event that you need a Re-Entry Certificate please email Lexi. This certificate will allow you to deliver essential items to areas during and after a disaster.

We also offer our sincere thanks to folks at the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management as well as the lineman at Duke Energy, Dominion NC Power, the Electric Cooperatives and Electricities working hard to restore power.

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