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2019-05-02 13:42 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. – Hurricane season begins in less than one month, June 1. Homeowners, renters and business owners should prepare now. Two hurricanes have struck North Carolina in the past three years. Survivors of these storms learned first-hand about the dangers of flooding, heavy rainfall and storm surge. Take action now: • Know your risk. Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center to learn your risk of flooding. • Stay informed. Download an emergency weather app on your phone. Purchase a weather radio.

2019-05-01 12:45 - News Release

Since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Florence, Columbus County residents and localgovernments have been approved for nearly $28.8 million in state and federal funds:• Nearly $6.2 million in state and federal grants have gone to nearly 1,803 homeowners andrenters.• As of March 26, 299 flood insurance claims have been filed. An estimated $14.1 million inclaims have been paid to date.• More than $8.4 million in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans have

2019-04-30 18:47 - News Release

Since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Florence, New Hanover County residents and local governments have been approved for approximately $119.5 million in state and federal funds: • Nearly $12.1 million in state and federal grants have gone to 4,451 homeowners and renters. • As of March 26, 1,564 flood insurance claims have been filed. An estimated $31.9 million in claims have been paid to date.

2019-04-30 18:44 - News Release

Since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Florence, Brunswick County residents and local governments have been approved for approximately $61.3 million in state and federal funds: • More than $7.3 million in state and federal grants have gone to 1,916 homeowners and renters. • As of March 26, 1,066 flood insurance claims have been filed. An estimated $22.9 million in claims have been paid to date.

2019-04-24 17:40 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $8.2 million to reimburse Carteret County Public Schools for emergency protective measures taken following Hurricane Florence. Beginning Sept. 17, 2018, Carteret County Public Schools hired contractors to inspect, clean, dry and treat water-damaged public school facilities. The approved funds cover work completed through Nov. 18, 2018.

2019-04-22 19:20 - News Release

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $2.3 million to reimburse St. Andrews University in Laurinburg for emergency protective measures taken following Hurricane Florence. Beginning Sept. 18, 2018, St. Andrews University hired contractors to restore power, remove standing water and clean campus buildings. The approved funds cover work completed through Jan. 5, 2019.

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.