RALEIGH, N.C. -- With only two weeks remaining to register, Hurricane Irene survivors have received more than $64.2 million in state and federal disaster assistance.
Approximately 34,400 survivors have contacted the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help or information regarding disaster assistance. Many people have sought housing assistance from FEMA because their primary home has been damaged or destroyed. Other callers may have been interested in disaster unemployment assistance, crisis counseling or legal aid.
Survivors who do not need FEMA disaster assistance or have additional needs are referred to partner agencies such as the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the Small Business Administration.
The following is a snapshot of the disaster recovery effort:
- More than 9,600 households have received FEMA grants to help pay for temporary housing and/or replaced personal property.
- More than $24.1 million approved for housing grants, including short-term rental assistance and home repair costs.
- More than $5.2 million approved to cover other essential disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions.
- More than $34.8 million in low-interest disaster loans approved by the SBA.
- More than 26,600 home inspections completed.
- Approximately 17,700 visits to disaster recovery centers by people affected by the disaster.
In addition, more than $10.5 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 Hurricane Irene.
No matter the degree of loss or insurance coverage, survivors are urged to apply for help. The deadline to apply for federal disaster assistance is Nov. 30. Survivors can use any of the following methods:
- By phone, call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or 800-462-7585 (TTY).
- Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
- With a tablet or smartphone at m.fema.gov.
Homeowners, renters and businesses also need to return their applications for low-interest disaster loans
from the SBA by Nov. 30. They may contact the SBA directly at the Customer Service Center at
800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339) or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
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.