Lenoir County leaders put together plan to help Florence victims


Lenoir County leaders are assessing the needs of their residents.

“We’re just trying to help folks,” said Pastor Justin Barnett of Jackson Heights Original Free Will Baptist Church.

They’re looking for the best way to assist those affected by Hurricane Florence.

Multiple agencies participated in a meeting Monday morning to come up with a plan of action.

They met at the Kinston Enterprise Center.

Right now in the plans, a disaster recovery center to address long-term recovery needs.

“The DRC is coming,” said Sam Kornegay of Lenoir County Emergency Services. “That will hopefully be set up today. They come down Saturday and inspected the building and said it was good to go.”

When it officially opens, the center will be located at 109 Airport Road in Kinston.

Lenoir County Transit is providing transportation to the center for people needing a ride.

Leaders also want residents to be mindful of scams. They say fake FEMA representatives are contacting storm victims. 

In the midst of addressing the needs of their county, Lenoir County leaders are also keeping in mind how they can help their surrounding neighbors.

There will be a supply drive on Tuesday during the South Lenoir High and Kinston High School football game. 

The donations collected will be given to an area county in need.

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