President Declares Major Disaster For North Carolina

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Release date: 
August 31, 2011
Release Number: 
HQ-11-165

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the state of North Carolina to supplement the state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Hurricane Irene during the period of August 25, 2011 and continuing.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Dare, Hyde, Pamlico, and Tyrrell counties.  Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. 

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Michael E. Bolch has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.  Bolch said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and more counties and additional forms of assistance may be designated after the assessments are fully completed.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance today by registering online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov, by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.  The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

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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.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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