Gov. Bev Perdue has activated the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund to help residents and businesses along the East Coast recover from Hurricane Sandy.
Perdue says the new NC Helping Neighbors Fund will support recovery efforts in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia. Assistance will go to communities the federal government has declared disaster areas.
Perdue says 100 percent of donations will go to states hit by the hurricane.
The fund is managed by Perdue's office, with the United Way of North Carolina.
Resources from North Carolina assisting in the recovery include church volunteers, utility employees, National Guard service members and aircraft, fire departments' swift-water rescue teams, and American Red Cross mobile feeding vehicles.