ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. -- Residents in eastern North Carolina have received more than $2.5 million in federal funds to help them recover from flooding and wind caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole.
"We know this help can't come soon enough for those who were impacted by the floods," said State Emergency Management Director Doug Hoell. "We'll continue working hand-in-hand with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and our local partners to help those affected by the storms."
To date, more than $2.5 million has been approved in federal disaster assistance grants for homeowners and renters in 10 counties affected by Tropical Storm Nicole.
Of that figure, more than, $2 million has been approved from FEMA's Individuals and Households Program for temporary housing and home repairs. Nearly $550,000 has been approved to homeowners and renters through Other Needs Assistance, a joint state-federal program that helps to replace personal property and pay medical, dental, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable aid programs.
"As cleanup continues and lives are being rebuilt, FEMA, other federal agencies, state and local governments, community and faith-based groups and voluntary agencies will continue to do all we can to help North Carolinians on their road to recovery," said Federal Coordinating Officer W. Montague Winfield.
The U.S. Small Business Administration, (SBA) a federal partner with FEMA in the disaster recovery, also can approve loans to repair or replace storm-damaged real estate and personal property. A completed SBA disaster home loan application is a critical component to be considered for some FEMA assistance.
In other figures through Thursday, Oct. 28:
- More than 2,600 people have registered with FEMA for state and federal disaster assistance.
- More than 1,900 damaged homes have been inspected by FEMA.
- More than 1,800 residents have visited Disaster Recovery Centers operated jointly by FEMA and the State of North Carolina, with support from SBA.
Disaster Recovery Centers have been serving residents in 10 counties since the first one opened Oct. 15, the day after Gov. Perdue received the disaster declaration. Centers in Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Craven, Hertford, Jones, Pender and Tyrrell counties will remain open next week. Onslow and Pitt county locations will close permanently at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30.
FEMA Community Relations specialists have been going door-to-door for the past few weeks to make sure people know about assistance programs that may be available to them. So far, nearly 2,400 homes, more than 570 businesses, 180 community-based organizations and 300 faith-based organizations have been visited.
North Carolinians can get advice from FEMA Hazard Mitigation Specialists on ways to repair or improve their homes to reduce or prevent future disaster damages when they visit a Lowe's in Jacksonville, New Bern or Winterville now through Monday. Mitigation specialists are also located in Disaster Recovery Centers. Thus far mitigation specialists have distributed 2,400 pieces of literature. Publications range from technical rebuilding manuals to handouts with information on how to make a family disaster plan or get a pet ready in an emergency.
FEMA and North Carolina voluntary agency liaisons are working with local groups and community groups that have been helping people since the storms started Sept. 27. Voluntary agencies help with needs not met through federal and state disaster programs.
Individuals can register for disaster assistance with FEMA by going online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 800-462-7585.
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