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State/Federal Disaster Aid Tops $155 Million

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December 10, 2003
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- A total of $155.2 million in federal/state disaster aid had been approved through Tuesday, nearly 12 weeks since President Bush declared the state eligible for federal disaster assistance immediately after Hurricane Isabel made landfall on September 18.

The registration period ended on Monday, December 8. However, individuals who have registered for disaster assistance may check on the status of their application by calling FEMA’s toll-free registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY: 1-800-462-7585 for the speech or hearing impaired. Hours are 8:00 a.m. until 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The following is a summary of the response and recovery activity to date since President Bush declared North Carolina eligible for federal disaster assistance on September 18.

  • 54,425 applications for individual assistance have been received from residents in the 47 counties designated for that assistance.
  • $21.9 million has been approved for residents to assist with temporary housing and home repairs.
  • $21.3 million has been approved in Other Needs Assistance, which provides money for necessary expenses and serious needs not covered by insurance (such as medical, dental, funeral, personal property, and transportation expenses).
  • 28,633 applications for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans have been issued.
  • $50.7 million in SBA low-interest disaster assistance loans have been approved for 2,237 households and businesses.
  • 10,634 people visited local Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) when they were open between September 23 and October 31.
  • $41 million has been approved for projects to rebuild North Carolina’s infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Isabel.
  • $20.3 million in direct federal and state aid for specific response and recovery mission assignments has been approved, including an estimated $7.5 million committed to fill the Hatteras Island breach caused by the hurricane.

On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages Citizen Corps, the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.

Notes for accompanying chart (headers, left to right):

Total Apps = Total number of households and businesses in each county that registered with FEMA during the period September 18 through December 8, 2003.

# rec’g Housing $ = The number of applicants receiving money so far for home repairs or temporary housing (for example, to rent a place to live while repairs were being made to their home). This aid is funded 100 percent by FEMA.

# rec’g ONA $ = The number of applicants receiving money so far through the Other Needs Assistance (ONA) program. ONA gives assistance to applicants who have disaster-related necessary expenses and serious needs not covered by insurance. These may include medical, dental and funeral expenses, as well as personal property, transportation and other expenses. This aid is funded 75 percent by FEMA, 25 percent by the state.

# SBA loans =...

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