RALEIGH, N.C. -- Over 66,100 North Carolinians have registered for some form of disaster assistance as the result of Hurricane Floyd. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recovery officials said that 48,754 registrants have asked for disaster housing assistance. The officials noted that 42,759 homes have been seen by inspectors, leaving approximately 6,000 homes to be processed.
Over $50 million has gone out for emergency disaster housing and individual and family grants according to disaster recovery officials. To date, 22,832 disaster housing assistance checks have been issued totaling 36.4 million and 4,570 individual and family grant checks totaling more than $14.2 million have been sent to families to meet needs not covered by insurance and charitable organizations.
A brief look at the latest numbers:
- The Small Business Administration has approved 2,509 low-interest loans for individuals and businesses totaling $116.3 million
- Twenty-two disaster recovery centers have given more than 34,070 disaster victims information and assistance with their applications
- There are 437 state-purchased travel trailers currently occupied
- More than 70 federal and state community relations specialists continue Hurricane Floyd outreach efforts
- More than 7,000 affected families are learning how to reduce their property damage risks when rebuilding their homes by talking with mitigation advisors staffing disaster recovery centers and mobile mitigation vans now visiting declared counties
Recovery officials urge any disaster victims with uninsured hurricane-related losses to register for assistance by calling the toll-free application hotline at 1-800-462-9029, open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments who use special keyboard equipment (TTY) should call 1-800-462-7585.