N.C. Web Site Aids Floyd Cleanup

When Hurricane Floyd bore down on the North Carolina coast last month, Gov. James Hunt asked his information technology department to provide the state's citizens with a single Internet point of contact for information on the storm and its impact.

Today, with communities still coping with Floyd's initial destruction, the state is focusing its hurricane Web site to provide more news on services needed by the thousands of people left homeless and out of work.

The eastern portion of the state was devastated by Floyd, and the repair and rebuilding process will be slow, said Denny McGuire, an information resource management analyst in North Carolina's office of IT services, who works under the guidance state CIO Rick Webb, the site's designer.

The site (www.state.nc.us/hurricane/hurricane.htm) has links to and contact information for unemployment agencies, insurance companies and emergency management teams, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as images of the hurricane.

"First, we had the crisis information, which included details on how to make donations, but we're moving into Phase Two, [which] will feature services for citizens, business, government and agriculture," McGuire said. "The eastern part of the state is going to be feeling the effects of this for quite a while, and people need to know where to apply for food stamps [and other things] who have never done it before."

McGuire said the site will be especially useful to citizens in flooded areas because "there are still DMV offices under water, hospital employees who lost their homes" and numerous other important community organizations that are working to get back to normal operating conditions and schedules.

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