Trump Signs Disaster Relief Bill Into Law

President Trump signed disaster relief legislation into law on Thursday, which will bring relief to farmers, communities, and military installations still reeling from hurricanes Florence and Michael, as well as those recovering from flooding in the Midwest, wildfires, and other natural calamities.

The funding includes:

  • $1 billion for the Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies account to better support emergency preparation and repairs for floods, hurricanes, and other natural disasters.
  • $600 million for the planning and construction of projects to replace facilities damaged by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.
  • $2.4 billion for Community Development Block Grants for disasters since 2017, and permits states to interchangeably use funds from Hurricane Matthew for Hurricane Florence.
  • $3 billion for farm disaster assistance to cover producers’ losses stemming from the 2018 and 2019 natural disasters.
  • $168 million in mitigation dollars, which were appropriated to North Carolina in 2018, to be distributed to the state within the next 90 days.
  • $381 million to repair damages to Marine Corps installations, including Camp Lejeune.