RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Public Safety announced Friday the appointment of Richard J. Trumper as Senior Advisor for Disaster Recovery.
Beginning February 1, in this new role, Trumper will support initiatives to build long-term and stable recovery for North Carolinians following natural disasters. As part of an expanded, comprehensive approach to recovery, Trumper will work with department leaders, the N.C. Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR), N.C. Emergency Management (NCEM) and other partners to get disaster survivors back in their homes faster.
“Our state has made substantial progress recovering from hurricanes Matthew and Florence, but we still have a long way to go,” said DPS Secretary Eddie M. Buffaloe Jr. “Richard Trumper brings a wide range of experience and expertise that will support a core mission of rebuilding homes and communities as fast as possible after a disaster, while also making them more resilient in the future.”
“I look forward to joining the Department of Public Safety and establishing new partnerships that will speed up the recovery process and help families return home more quickly,” added Trumper. “My goal will be to build on the good things we’re already doing.”
Trumper is a North Carolina licensed general contractor who joins the department with more than 22 years of experience, including program management, construction management, disaster recovery, reconstruction and restoration, mitigation and disaster damage assessment. Trumper currently serves as Executive Director of Disaster Recovery with the Office of State Budget and Management, where he successfully developed and managed state-funded recovery, reconstruction and mitigation programs in 21 eastern North Carolina counties. Most recently, Trumper has led state recovery efforts in western counties impacted by the 2020 earthquake and Tropical Storm Fred.
Through collaboration across local, state and federal partners, North Carolina’s disaster recovery efforts have already repaired or rebuilt more than 11,000 homes since Hurricane Matthew. Homeowners impacted by hurricanes Matthew and/or Florence may still apply for assistance through the Homeowner Recovery or Strategic Buyout programs.