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2011-09-21 04:00 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Those who registered for federal disaster assistance after Hurricane Irene need to remember this number: 800-621-FEMA (3362). It's the key to keeping in touch with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Applicants should call FEMA's helpline at 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585 to update FEMA when they:

2011-09-20 04:00 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina disaster recovery centers will be closed on Sunday, Sept. 25, with the exception of centers located in Chocowinity, Hobucken, Manteo and Swan Quarter, which will continue to be open 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. All recovery centers will be open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, North Carolina Division of Emergency Management and other agencies are at the centers to explain assistance programs and help survivors apply for disaster aid.

2011-09-19 04:00 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Three weeks after Hurricane Irene struck North Carolina, more than $17.5 million in state and federal aid has been approved to help those affected by the storm. Almost 24,000 survivors have contacted the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help or information regarding disaster assistance. Many people are seeking housing assistance from FEMA because their primary home has been damaged or destroyed.

2011-09-19 04:00 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A short-term disaster recovery center will open in Nashville at noon Tuesday, Sept. 20, to help survivors with property damage and other setbacks from Hurricane Irene. Hours for the Nash County center are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. It will permanently close Friday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. The center is located at:Nash County Agricultural Center1006 Eastern Ave.Nashville, N.C. 27856

2011-09-18 04:00 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The thousands of individuals and families whose residences sustained water damage as a result of Hurricane Irene may now be confronting another threat to their homes and health -- mold. North Carolina Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency stress that no one stay in a mold-infested home. Mold can cause serious health problems, as well as structural damage to a home when a property has experienced flooding.

2011-09-17 04:00 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Crisis counseling services are available to persons affected by Hurricane Irene. Counseling for all ages can be arranged by calling 866-451-7760 between 8 a.m. and midnight, seven days a week. Callers are referred to a specially trained counselor in their county to get help with stress and changes in behavior caused by the storm. Referral services and short-term intervention counseling are confidential.

2011-09-17 04:00 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A disaster recovery center is open in Hobucken on Goose Creek Island to help survivors with property damage and other setbacks from Hurricane Irene. Hours for the Goose Creek Island center are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. The center is located at: Goose Creek Community Center51 Hobucken School RoadHobucken, N.C. 28537

2011-09-16 04:00 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A short-term disaster recovery center will open in Rodanthe on Hatteras Island at noon Saturday, Sept. 17, to help survivors with property damage and other setbacks from Hurricane Irene. Hours for the Dare County center are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., except Sunday, when it will be open 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. It will permanently close Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. The center is located at: Rodanthe Community Center23186 Myrna Peters RoadRodanthe, N.C. 27968

2011-09-15 04:00 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina disaster recovery centers have new Sunday hours. Beginning Sunday, Sept. 18, all recovery centers will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Operating hours for Monday through Saturday will continue to be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, North Carolina Division of Emergency Management and other agencies are at the centers to explain assistance programs and help survivors apply for disaster aid.

2011-09-14 04:00 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Mitigation specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be in Kitty Hawk, New Bern and Greenville to provide free rebuilding information and answer questions on how to strengthen property against future storm damage. Advisors have suggestions and publications to help homeowners, renters and business owners protect against damaging winds, floods and fires. FEMA mitigation advisors will be available Sept. 19 to Sept. 25 at the following locations: