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Fact Sheets

After a disaster, scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals often attempt to take advantage of disaster survivors. Federal and state emergency management officials urge residents to watch for and report any suspicious activity.

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Houses of worship and other nonprofit organizations may be eligible for FEMA assistance to help pay for emergency protective measures, debris removal and restoration of facilities damaged by Tropical Storm Fred.

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FEMA reaches out to survivors and communities after disasters using several tools, teams and tactics to help during response and recovery operations.

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Disaster survivors who sustained losses from Tropical Storm Fred are getting help from many nonprofit and faith-based organizations in North Carolina.

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Before starting repairs on your home, contact your local officials to see if there are permit requirements or rebuilding regulations you will need to follow. It will save you time and money!

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If you live in Buncombe, Haywood or Transylvania County and had a privately-owned road or bridge damaged or destroyed by Tropical Storm Fred, FEMA or the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) may provide financial assistance for replacement or repairs.

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If you receive a letter stating that you are ineligible for assistance or that your application is incomplete, you can still complete the application or appeal the decision within 60 days of receiving a decision letter.

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Hurricane Ida survivors whose homes in the 25 designated Louisiana parishes were made unlivable or unsafe may be eligible for temporary rental assistance from FEMA.

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Other Needs Assistance (ONA) falls under FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program and provides financial help after a disaster to cover necessary expenses and serious needs not paid by insurance or other sources. These needs may include transportation, childcare and medical and dental expenses. See below for an extensive list of Other Needs Assistance.

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FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are coordinating their efforts in helping survivors of Tropical Storm Fred in Buncombe, Haywood and Transylvania counties.

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Last updated November 2, 2020