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
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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.
Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA), which pays for hotel or motel rooms as short-term, emergency sheltering for eligible Hurricane Florence survivors ends Tuesday, March 12. To date 871 households have sheltered in TSA participating hotels, 646 have found suitable, longer-term housing and moved on with their recovery. As of Feb. 24, 225 households remain checked in to hotels.
North Carolina survivors of Hurricane Florence who still face unmet needs may find help through other state and federal resources. The deadline has passed for survivors to register for disaster assistance from FEMA and to apply for a U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loan, but help is still available from the state and federal governments. State Assistance Hurricane Florence Recovery