RALEIGH, N.C. -- Recovery officials said that more than 65,300 North Carolinians have registered for some form of disaster assistance as the result of Hurricane Floyd. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disbursements for emergency disaster housing and individual and family grants totaled a combined $48.6 million. In addition, the Small Business Administration has approved 2,271 low-interest loans for individuals and businesses totaling $104.7 million.
A brief look at the latest numbers:
- Human Services:
- To date, 22,243 disaster housing assistance checks have been issued totaling 35.4 million.
- Individual and family grant checks totaling more than $13.2 million have been sent to 4,230 families to meet needs not covered by insurance and charitable organizations.
- Over 85 percent, or 41,612 of 48,389, disaster housing inspections have been completed.
- Twenty-two disaster recovery centers have given more than 32,800 disaster victims information and assistance with their applications.
- There are 437 state-purchased travel trailers currently occupied.
- Community Relations:
- More than 70 federal and state community relations specialists continue Hurricane Floyd outreach efforts.
- More than 7,000 affected families are learning how to reduce their property damage risks when rebuilding their homes by talking with mitigation advisors staffing disaster recovery centers and mobile mitigation vans now visiting declared counties.
Recovery officials urge any disaster victims who have uninsured losses to register for assistance by calling the toll-free application hotline at 1-800-462-9029, open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments who use special keyboard equipment (TTY) should call 1-800-462-7585.