NOTE TO EDITORS: A county breakdown follows this news release.
DISASTER ASSISTANCE TO NORTH CAROLINIANS TOPS $14.7 MILLION
Federal aid to state and local governments adds more than $4.8 million
RALEIGH, N.C. – More than $14.7 million in federal and state disaster assistance grants and loans are helping North Carolinians recover from the severe storms and tornadoes of April 16.
The June 20 disaster assistance registration deadline is 10 days away. Those who have yet to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance and to apply for U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loans need to do so now.
“We're happy that close to $15 million is already on its way to North Carolina disaster survivors,” said Michael Bolch, Federal Coordinating Officer. “These dollars will allow the people of North Carolina to continue rebuilding their lives and communities.”
Through Thursday, June 9:
· More than $4.7 million has been approved from FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program for temporary housing and home repairs.
· More than $1.8 million has been approved in Other Needs Assistance to help replace personal property and pay certain other disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other aid.
· More than $8.2 million has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for low-interest disaster loans for homes and businesses.
In addition, more than $4.8 million has gone to North Carolina from FEMA Public Assistance, a cost-share reimbursement program in which FEMA pays 75 percent of the cost of eligible projects and the state pays the 25 percent nonfederal share. This federal funding goes to local governments, state agencies and eligible nonprofit organizations for emergency measures, debris removal and repair and replacement of public facilities damaged by the storms.
More than 9,000 people have registered with FEMA for state and federal disaster assistance.
“If you register with FEMA and get an SBA loan application in the mail, be sure to complete and return it to SBA,” said N.C. Emergency Management Director Doug Hoell. “If you don’t, further assistance may not be available.”
Nearly 4,800 SBA disaster loan applications have been sent to homeowners and renters, of which 14 percent have been returned to SBA.
FEMA’s housing assistance and Other Needs Assistance grants for medical, dental, and funeral expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA to be considered for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses. Applicants who do not qualify for a SBA loan may be eligible to receive Other Needs Assistance grants for these items.
Individuals can register for FEMA disaster assistance by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for deaf and hard-of-hearing callers. Registration can be done online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or with a web-enabled mobile device or smartphone at m.fema.gov and link to “apply online for federal assistance.”
North Carolina counties under the disaster declaration for Individual Assistance are Bertie, Bladen, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Onslow, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Tyrrell, Wake and Wilson.