RALEIGH, N.C. -- Inspectors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are currently contacting disaster applicants in the North Carolina counties whose primary residence sustained damage from Hurricane Irene.
Inspectors are private contractors who wear official FEMA identification. Authorized inspectors will only confirm personal detailed information that has been provided previously during the registration process. There is no charge for the inspection. It's important to keep the scheduled appointment to make sure the assistance process moves quickly.
Federal assistance to individuals and households may include loans and grants to help pay for rental housing, essential home repairs and other disaster-related expenses.
What to Expect:
- Call from Inspector: After registration an inspector will call and schedule an appointment to visit the damaged property -- generally no longer than 10 days after registration.
- Inspector's Visit: Inspectors will review both structural and personal property damage and then file a report. The process typically takes 15 to 45 minutes. Inspectors do not determine an applicants' eligibility. The applicant -- or someone who is 18 or older and lived in the household prior to the disaster -- must be present for the scheduled appointment.
- Follow Up Letter: Within 10 days of an inspector's visit, applicants will receive a letter from FEMA containing a decision. Individuals with questions regarding the letter should call the helpline number 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) or visit a disaster recovery center www.fema.gov/drclocator. If an applicant is eligible for assistance, the letter will be followed by a check or an electronic funds transfer. The letter explains how the money can be used.
Applicants may receive a low-interest disaster loan application in the mail from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The loan does not have to be accepted. However, completing an SBA application opens the door to other possible forms of assistance.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.
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.