ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Officials of the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety's Division of Emergency Management (CCPS-DEM) report that, to date, $11,501,540 has been disbursed in aid to victims of Hurricane Ivan.
Since President Bush issued a disaster declaration on September 18, more than $7.1 million has been issued in housing assistance and over $2 million granted to cover other needs such as medical and dental expenses, personal property, transportation and funeral costs. The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more that $2.3 million in low-interest loans for homeowners, business owners and renters.
The following is a summary of response and recovery activity since President Bush declared 29 counties eligible for federal disaster assistance in the aftermath of Ivan:
- Applications for individual assistance have been received from 6,469 residents.
- Disaster housing assistance checks totaling $7,121,045 have been disbursed to residents to assist with rental assistance and home repairs.
- Other Needs Assistance, which provides money for necessary expenses and serious needs not covered by insurance such as medical, dental, funeral, personal property, transportation, and moving and storage, totals $2,046,795.
- 4,071 property inspections (95%) have been completed.
- The SBA has issued 4,600 low-interest disaster loan applications (3,566 to homeowners, renters; 1,034 to businesses) and has approved $2,333,700 in low-interest loans to qualified applicants.
- 4,294 people visited FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) while in operation. All centers are now closed.
Crisis Counseling Available
Federal funding for crisis counseling is available in those North Carolina counties damaged by Hurricane Ivan until November 17. Individuals in those counties can get immediate assistance by calling the NC CARE-LINE at 1-800-662-7030 or 1-877-452-2514 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired for referral to one of three local mental health agencies: the Foothills Area Program, serving residents of Burke, Caldwell and McDowell counties; the Smokey Mountain Local Management Entity, serving residents of Haywood, Jackson and Macon counties; and, the Western Highlands Local Management Entity, serving residents of Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Transylvania and Yancey counties.
The disaster assistance registration deadline for victims of Hurricane Ivan has been extended to December 17, 2004. Resident have until then to apply for assistance by calling the toll-free registration number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. These numbers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week until further notice. If possible, try calling in the evening after 6:00 p.m. or on weekends when call volume often is lighter. Individuals can now go online to register for assistance and to find additional recovery information at http://www.fema.gov.