RALEIGH, N.C. -- More than $40 million in disaster assistance has been approved for North Carolina's 66 hurricane-ravaged counties. The number of residents seeking state and federal aid now is approaching 52,000 applicants.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated $27.9 million for response and recovery missions in the disaster area ranging from debris clearance to mosquito control. In addition, $12 million in direct assistance for temporary housing and essential needs has been approved for more than 5,000 families
FEMA's toll-free application hotline, 1-800-462-9029 (1-800-462-7585 for the speech or hearing impaired), has received 51,127 requests. The line is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice.
Response and recovery totals in brief:
- At the Fountain Industrial Park in Edgecombe county, 207 travel trailers are on site; 96 of them in place, housing 91 families. Additionally, there are 176 private sites pending, with 15 of them approved and seven ready for occupancy. The private sites are located in Edgecombe, Duplin, Greene, Jones, Pitt, and Wayne counties. An additional eight travel trailers are sited in Greeneville at the Pitt County group site.
- More than 17,295 people have been helped with information and application assistance at nineteen disaster recovery centers and a mobile center. A second mobile recovery center will begin operating Wednesday, Oct. 6 at the O.A. Peay School, 1430 Main St., Swan Quarter, Hyde County.
- FEMA and the state have 59 community relations specialists delivering assistance information directly to applicants in the field.
- Grants totaling $7.8 million were approved for 5,157 families in need of disaster housing.
- Individual and family grants totaling $4.2 million were approved to help 1,465 families with serious needs not covered by insurance or met by charitable organizations
- To date, 41,467 residents have sought housing assistance.
- Crisis counseling has been requested by 384 families.
- Six Red Cross shelters are housing 700 people. Peak shelter population was 48,022.
- State shelters in public schools are closed out, allowing these schools to resume classes.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued 18,966 home repair loan applications and approved $9.5 million in loans.
- SBA has issued 7,440 business loan applications and approved loans for $1.1 million.
- 29,606 applicants have been referred for income tax assistance with casualty losses.
- There were 32 requests from families for help with funeral expenses.