RALEIGH, N.C. – Community Relations specialists from the state of North Carolina and Federal Emergency Management Agency are working with local partners to reach out to survivors who sustained damage by Tropical Storm Nicole between Sept. 27 and Oct. 1.
Teams are going door-to-door in communities in the disaster-declared counties offering individuals and business owners information about available disaster assistance programs and encouraging people to register for federal disaster assistance.
The counties are Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Craven, Hertford, Jones, Onslow, Pender, Pitt and Tyrrell.
Assistance potentially available from FEMA includes grants to help pay for temporary disaster housing needs, grants for essential repairs to make residences safe, sanitary and functional and replacement grants for serious disaster-related needs and expenses not covered by insurance or other assistance programs.
In addition, the U.S. Small Business Administration provides low-interest disaster loans to homeowners and renters as well as businesses.
Team members also meet with representatives of community-based organizations, community leaders and public officials. When Community Relations team members meet a disaster survivor who has unmet needs, they pass that information on to the state or federal staff best able to respond.
Affected residents and business owners in the declared counties may apply for assistance by calling FEMA's toll-free registration number, 800-621-FEMA (3362)/TTY 800-462-7585 for those with speech and hearing disabilities. Multilingual operators are available to assist with the application process. The registration lines are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time. An application may also be completed online by going to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.