RALEIGH, N.C. – Federal and state disaster assistance grants and loans total nearly $10.7 million one month after the major disaster declaration to help North Carolinians recover from April 16 severe storms and tornadoes.
The next important date is June 20, the deadline to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance. The deadline is the same for U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loan applications – a key part of the disaster assistance process.
“Registration keeps open the possibility of assistance if your insurance coverage comes up short or other disaster-related needs become apparent,” said Michael Bolch, federal coordinating officer for the North Carolina disaster recovery.
Through Thursday, May 19, 2011:
- · Nearly $4 million has been approved from FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program for temporary housing and home repairs.
- · Nearly $1.6 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.
- · More than $5.1 million has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and businesses.
“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 Doug Hoell, N.C. Emergency Management director.
Other figures from the recovery: