RALEIGH, N.C. -- Recovery from Hurricane Irene may be especially challenging for rural and coastal homeowners who find wells and septic systems aren’t covered by insurance. More than 50 percent of the coastal residents in North Carolina are on septic tank systems, according to the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, and most homes rely on well water.
North Carolina residents in the 35 declared counties whose wells or septic systems were damaged by the flooding associated with Hurricane Irene may be eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to complete necessary repairs.
The available grants include money to pump out septic tanks, make repairs or replace the system. FEMA also may help pay for the repair or decontamination of private wells that are the only source of water for the home.
The assistance is available only for homes that are a primary residence.
Homeowners who have sustained disaster-related losses can apply for assistance one of three ways:
- Calling 800-621-FEMA (3362). Help is available in most languages. People who have a speech disability or are deaf or hard of hearing may call (TTY) 800-462-7585; users of 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362.
- Going online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
- Using a tablet or smartphone at m.fema.gov.
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.