RALEIGH, N.C. -- With ten days remaining for victims of Hurricanes Floyd and Irene to register for assistance, state and federal recovery programs have provided more than $630 million to disaster victims in North Carolina's 66 declared counties.
Those who incurred damages are urged to call the registration number, 1-800-462-9029, before the application period closes at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14. This deadline also applies to the return of completed applications for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Here are the latest totals:
- $308.8 million in Small Business Administration (SBA) loans for homeowners and businesses incurring uninsured losses to buildings or inventory.
- $51.5 million for housing assistance to 56,510 applicants.
- $101.5 million for debris removal, emergency safety measures, and repair of damaged public infrastructure.
- $55.1 million in grants to 15,720 individuals and families for necessities.
- $2.2 million in disaster unemployment assistance to 5,271 applicants.
- In addition to the above, 12,246 National Flood Insurance Program policyholders have filed claims and disbursements totaling $80.5 million have been approved.
- $868,000 for victim crisis counseling programs to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
- $30 million for recovery missions assigned by FEMA to other agencies.
Applications on the toll-free application line, 1-880-462-9092 (TTY 1-800-462-7585) now total 75,898. Disaster recovery centers have served 62,988 individuals and the federal/state helpline (1-800-525-0321) has taken 106,514 calls.
Persons who need to apply or get help with their applications should visit the centers or call the toll-free numbers. The helpline is available 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily. The application line is open 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.