RALEIGH, N.C. -- Registration for disaster assistance by North Carolina's hurricane victims continued to climb Tuesday, with 42,518 seeking state and federal aid over the toll-free telephone intake line, 1-800-462-9029.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved $4.3 million in various types of direct assistance to storm victims. This includes emergency housing, home repair, replacement of lost essential property and temporary housing.
Here are the current numbers:
- Sixty-five families are being housed at the first travel trailer site in Rocky Mount, where 95 units have been installed. This will become a temporary community of 300 units.
- In addition to Edgecome, trailer sites are planned for Duplin, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Nash, Pitt, Wayne and Wilson counties.
- Eighteen fixed disaster recovery centers and a mobile center in the flood area served 9,913 applicants with information on assistance and answer questions.
- FEMA and the state have deployed 59 community relations specialists in the affected counties to deliver assistance information directly to residents.
- Disaster housing grants totaling $2.9 million were approved for 2,371 families.
- Individual and family grants totaling $1.4 million were approved for emergency housing and to replace essential lost property, such as occupational tools.
- 33,891 residents sought disaster-housing assistance.
- Crisis counseling is being provided to 368 families.
- There are 1,494 displaced families housed in 22 shelters.
- 20,671 applications were received for disaster unemployment assistance.
- 16,287 persons received emergency assistance from the American Red Cross.
- 20,444 home repair loan applications issued by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
- 6,506 business loan applications were issued by SBA.
- SBA had approved $1.25 million in loans.
- 22,576 requests were made for federal income tax assistance with casualty losses.
- There were 24 requests from families for help with funeral expenses.