Tornado Survivors Get Nearly $9 Million In Disaster Assistance

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May 13, 2011
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Federal and state disaster assistance grants and loans add up to nearly $9 million a month after severe storms and tornadoes struck North Carolina.

This week, Tyrrell County was added to President Obama's disaster declaration which means people in 19 counties can apply for federal assistance for damage and loss resulting from the April 16 severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.

N.C. Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency staff continue to work in partnership to help affected communities recover.

Through Thursday, May 12, 2011:

  • $3.7 million has been approved from FEMA's Individuals and Households Program for temporary housing and home repairs.
  • $1.4 million has been approved in Other Needs Assistance, a joint state-federal program
    that helps 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.
  • $3.8 million has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for
    low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and businesses.

"We continue to work together to reach everyone who may be eligible for disaster assistance," said Doug Hoell, N.C. Director of Emergency Management.

FEMA community relations specialists are in neighborhoods visiting affected residents and businesses, recovery specialists at Disaster Recovery Centers are providing in-person assistance, and hundreds of volunteers from dozens of organizations are helping with emergency repairs, food, clothing, furniture and more for North Carolinians.

Other figures from the recovery:

  • 2 families are now living temporarily in FEMA mobile homes while they repair or rebuild.
  • 8,000 people have registered with FEMA for state and federal disaster assistance.
  • Nearly 5,000 damaged homes have been inspected by FEMA.
  • More than 3,700 residents have visited disaster recovery centers operated jointly by FEMA and North Carolina Emergency Management, with support from SBA.
  • More than 1,800 visitors to Disaster Recovery Centers and 3,180 people in home improvement stores, plus more than 2,400 attendees at community special events have spoken with FEMA Mitigation specialists about how to rebuild safer and stronger. Mitigation specialists have also met with 129 insurance agents.
  • State and FEMA Community Relations specialists who continue to go door-to-door providing information in English and Spanish to people affected by the tornadoes have visited almost 13,650 homes and talked to almost 12,850 people. They have also provided information to 2,390 businesses, 268 community organizations and 918 faith-based organizations.
  • More than 4,200 SBA disaster loan application packages have been mailed to homeowners and renters as well as businesses and nonprofit organizations of all sizes.

"If you register with FEMA and get an SBA loan packet in the mail, be sure to complete the application and return it to the SBA – if you don't, all assistance stops," said Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Bolch.

Individuals can register for disaster assistance with FEMA by going online to  or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 800-462-7585.

President Obama issued a Major Disaster Declaration on April 19 that made federal aid available to supplement state a...

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