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2019-04-19 14:18 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. – Severe weather is expected in parts of the state beginning at noon today. If you live in a mobile home or recreation vehicle, take precautions. • Stay informed about current conditions. • Listen to local officials and evacuation orders. • Leave mobile homes, RVs and other non-permanent structures when evacuation orders are issued. • When possible, shelter in permanent structures. • Ready.gov/severe-weather and ReadyNC.org provide helpful information on how to plan.

2019-04-17 19:09 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. – Hurricane season begins June 1. Taking steps now to prepare your family, home and business can make a big difference: • Create an emergency communication plan with your family. This plan spells out how everyone will contact each other, where to go and how to get back together. • Build an emergency kit. Keep it ready at home, at work and in the car. • Check your insurance coverage. Damage caused by flooding is usually not covered by homeowners insurance policies. Buy flood insurance.

2019-04-17 19:04 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved nearly $1.7 million to repair damage to Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville as a result of Hurricane Florence. High winds and rain caused roof and water damage throughout the 162-bed facility. Repairs include a new roof which will have a higher puncture resistance and be able to withstand 165 mph winds.

2019-04-15 19:01 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved more than $17.5 million to reimburse the City of Wilmington for debris removal following Hurricane Florence. Beginning Sept. 20, 2018, the City of Wilmington hired contractors to remove vegetation and other debris from public rights of way throughout the city. The approved funds cover work completed through Feb. 22, 2019.

2019-04-12 15:45 - News Release

Robeson County at a Glance Since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Florence, Robeson County residents and local governments have been approved for about $50.2 million in state and federal funds. • Nearly $8.9 million in state and federal grants have gone to 3,675 homeowners and renters. • As of March 26, 726 flood insurance claims have been filed. An estimated $29.2 million in claims have been paid to date.

2019-04-11 20:37 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved nearly $5.7 million to reimburse Carteret County for debris removal following Hurricane Florence.Beginning Sept. 16, 2018, Carteret County hired contractors and used county workers and equipment to remove vegetation and other debris from public rights of way throughout the county. The approved funds cover work completed through Nov. 4, 2018.

2019-04-02 19:53 - News Release

Recovery Through FEMA Direct Housing In the seven months following Hurricane Florence, more than 650 displaced families have been housed through FEMA’s Direct Housing program. Eligible households have been provided with travel trailers or manufactured housing units on their private property or in mobile home parks. As of April 1, more than 60 households have successfully moved on to more permanent housing by getting home repairs done or finding a rental property. FEMA Housing is Temporary

2019-03-28 19:33 - News Release

DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina is no stranger to disasters: Since 2010, the state has received eight federal disaster declarations with losses totaling more than $55 billion, according to NOAA and Governor Roy Cooper’s office. With all that experience, North Carolinians know what to do before and as a disaster strikes. Local police, fire departments and the entire community work as first responders and assist with the early phases of recovery.

2019-03-27 19:35 - News Release

What is FEMA Public Assistance? Public Assistance is a reimbursement program that provides federal funding to help communities respond to and recover from disasters such as Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Michael. FEMA reimburses state and local governments and certain types of private nonprofit organizations for the cost of disaster-related debris removal, emergency protective measures to protect life and property, and permanent repair work to damaged or destroyed infrastructure.

2019-03-27 15:28 - News Release

DURHAM, N.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved nearly $1.5 million to reimburse the Randolph Electric Membership Corporation in Asheboro for damage to its electrical system following Hurricane Florence. The cooperative provides electrical service to Alamance, Chatham, Montgomery, Moore and Randolph counties, which were included in the presidential disaster declaration following Hurricane Florence. High winds, rain and flooding caused by the hurricane damaged overhead utility poles, lines and transformers in multiple counties.