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2011-09-14 04:00 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Everyone receives a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after applying for disaster assistance. It explains where they are in the process, what to do next or how grant money should be spent.

2011-09-14 04:00 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Vance County is now eligible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance program, which helps local governments recoup costs for storm response, debris removal and infrastructure damage. The Public Assistance program is open to state, local and tribal government agencies and certain private nonprofit organizations. Examples of eligible private nonprofit facilities are electric and water utilities, custodial care and medical organizations and educational institutions.

2011-09-14 04:00 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A short-term disaster recovery center will open in Tarboro at noon Thursday, Sept. 15, to help survivors with property damage and other setbacks from Hurricane Irene. Hours for the Edgecombe 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 Monday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. The center is located at: Edgecombe County Administration Building201 Saint Andrew St.Tarboro, N.C. 27886

2011-09-13 04:00 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. -- More than two weeks after Hurricane Irene struck North Carolina, almost $12 million in state and federal aid has been approved to help those affected by the storm. More than 17,000 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 lost or damaged.

2011-09-13 04:00 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Due to demand in the area, the disaster recovery center in Buxton on Hatteras Island will be open three additional days to help those with property damage or other setbacks caused by Hurricane Irene. The Buxton center will continue its 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. operating hours and will close Friday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. The center is located at The Fessenden Center, 46830 Highway 12, Buxton, N.C. 27920.

2011-09-12 04:00 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Survivors whose primary home sustained damage from Hurricane Irene in the counties designated for federal disaster assistance may be eligible for temporary rental assistance. In order to qualify for this program, survivors must first register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Currently survivors may be eligible for:

2011-09-12 04:00 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A disaster recovery center has opened in Lenoir County to help those with property damage and other setbacks from Hurricane Irene. The Lenoir County center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice at: Cooperative Extension Service Center1791 Pink Hill Road (Highway 11/55 South)Kinston, N.C. 28504

2011-09-11 04:00 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Disaster recovery centers have opened in Currituck and Dare counties to help those with property damage and other setbacks from Hurricane Irene. The Currituck County center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice at: Cooperative Extension Center120 Community WayBarco, N.C. 27917 A short-term center in Dare County will be open through Sept. 13, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at: The Fessenden Center46830 Highway 12Buxton, N.C. 27920

2011-09-11 04:00 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. -- People and businesses in Pender and Wayne counties are now eligible for federal disaster assistance to help them recover from Hurricane Irene.

2011-09-09 04:00 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. -- When waters flood a home or business it may cause mold to grow on walls and flooring within 24 to 48 hours. Even worse, mold will continue growing until steps are taken to eliminate the problem. Mold and mildew can cause serious health problems, as well as structural damage to a home when a property has experienced flooding. Cleaning up quickly and drying out thoroughly may help prevent immediate and long-term health problems.