RALEIGH, N.C. -- In the six months since Hurricane Irene drenched the Tar Heel state, survivors and communities have received more than $160 million in state and federal disaster assistance. The work continues to help families and communities recover and rebuild.
“Many North Carolinians are still re-building and adapting to life after Hurricane Irene, which affected more than a third of the state,” said state Emergency Management Director Doug Hoell.? “Through coordinated efforts with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, we have been able to assist more than 10,000 North Carolinians in 38 counties and hundreds of communities that suffered infrastructure damage.”
The following is an updated snapshot of the disaster recovery effort:
- 10,246 households in 38 counties received FEMA grants to help pay for temporary housing and/or replace personal property.
- $35 million approved by FEMA for housing grants, including short-term rental assistance and home repair costs, as well as other disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions.
- $79.1 million obligated for public assistance to help state and local governments fund repair and replacement of public facilities damaged by Hurricane Irene.
- $44.7 million in low-interest disaster loans approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration
- $4 million in Disaster Unemployment Assistance.????
“Certain coastal and inland communities were hit particularly hard by Hurricane Irene,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Bolch. “Since last fall, specialized state and FEMA outreach teams have met individually with survivors to help them rebuild their lives by addressing unmet needs in partnership with non-profit, volunteer and human service agencies.”
FEMA Individual Assistance provides money and services to people in presidentially declared disaster areas through the Individual and Housing Program.
The FEMA Public Assistance Program reimburses local and state governments, as well as certain private non-profit organizations, the cost of helping communities respond and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President.
Individual Assistance and Public Assistance totals are updated daily on the FEMA.gov website.? Go to Disasters & Maps, then Declared Disasters & Emergencies, then number 4019.
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.