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.
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
DURHAM, N.C. – According to the State of North Carolina, 40,000 miles of waterways flow through the state, including 50 rivers, which is part of the reason why flooding ranks as the state’s second most common natural hazard. No matter where you live in the state, water and the risk of flooding are nearby. However, in North Carolina only three percent of residents carry flood insurance. In inland counties, where Tropical Storm Michael hit, that figure drops to one percent.
RALEIGH, N.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $3.9 million to reimburse Pender County for removal of debris following Hurricane Florence. Following Hurricane Florence, Pender County hired contractors to remove vegetation and other debris from public rights of way throughout the county. The approved funds cover work completed through Nov. 5.
ATTENTION EDITORS: This story contains a link to a video illustrating Hurricane Florence response activities. The video is available for use by media. Broadcast-quality version of the video may be downloaded. FEMA’s video website also offers code for web editors to embed the video on news media or local government websites. At Six-Month Mark, Florence Recovery is Moving Ahead
DURHAM, N.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $41.5 million to reimburse the North Carolina Emergency Management for emergency response activities during Hurricane Florence, which struck the state in September 2018. Emergency response efforts included search and rescue costs, setting up emergency staging areas, operating emergency shelters throughout the state, running four emergency operations centers, conducting evacuations and making emergency purchases.