The draft Orange County Long-Term Recovery and Transformation Plan is ready for review, with two virtual public meetings occurring this week and public comment available online through Jan. 29.
The draft plan for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and other disruptions is attached and available at orangencforward.org, a website of the Orange County Long-Term Recovery Group. The partnership of nearly 150 community stakeholders, Orange County and the towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough has been working on a plan since July 2020.
Watch a brief introductory video at https://www.orangencforward.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/OC-Plan-Announcement-Vid-1.mp4 to better understand the plan and why your participation is needed. The video is also available in Spanish, Chinese-Mandarin, Karen, and Burmese.
Community members are invited to share their feedback on the plan at one of two virtual town hall meetings or through a public comment form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9HVCL98 on the Long-Term Recovery Group’s website. The form will be available through Jan. 29, and translation instructions are available in Spanish, Mandarin-Chinese, and Burmese.
Up to 300 people may participate in each virtual town hall meeting, and the meetings will be recorded and posted to the group’s website:
The draft disaster recovery and transformation plan is intended to increase the community’s resilience ― its ability to withstand and recover from disruptions like natural disasters, accidents or attacks through individual and community preparedness.
An assessment of COVID-19’s impacts thus far in Orange County shows the pandemic appears to be exacerbating pre-pandemic issues in health, the economy, housing, and social services. Research conducted by the Long-Term Recovery Group shows communities of color within Orange County contracted the virus at higher rates and experienced greater financial hardship.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Hagerty Consulting is providing long-term disaster recovery planning services for the county.