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FEMA opens offices in Cumberland, Bertie

Posted April 21, 2011

— The Federal Emergency Management Agency opened offices in Bertie and Cumberland counties on Thursday to connect storm victims with local, state and federal assistance. 

The Bertie County office is at the Colerain Community Building, 106 W. Academy St. in Colerain. 

The Cumberland office is at the Cumberland County Department of Social Services, 1225 Ramsey St.

The offices will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice, including Easter Sunday. 

An office will open in Johnston County at the First Baptist Church (Old Smithfield Herald Building), 125 S. Fourth St. in Smithfield, at 1 p.m. Friday. The center will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, including Easter Sunday. 

Prior to going to any of the offices, applicants must register with FEMA eitherby phone (800-621-3362) or online at www.fema.gov.

More centers will open in other counties designated for assistance.

Homeowners can apply for up to $240,000 in low-interest federal loans to repair or replace their homes and belongings. Renters can apply for up to $40,000 in aid, and business owners can apply for up to $2 million to cover losses related to Saturday's severe storms.

Gov. Bev Perdue on Wednesday said the storms killed 24 and cost the state thousands of jobs and hundreds of homes. Damage estimates are in the hundreds of millions of dollars. 

Residents of Bertie, Bladen, Cumberland, Craven, Currituck, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Onslow, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Wake and Wilson counties are eligible for the aid.

Local and state agencies, including the state Employment Security Commission and the Salvation Army, are working together at the Ramsey Street office to offer storm victims one place to get all the answers they need.


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  • Squirreling Dervish Apr 22, 2011

    I am sorry Writenewlaws, that could not POSSIBLY be correct. 75$ for ...what? I think you need to explain this further because I think you are wrong and passing on incorrect information.

  • WritNEWlaws Apr 22, 2011

    Just an FYI to all in need of FEEMA: I have family that suffered the last Tornados in Raleigh and they did not receive any help. American Red Cross said that you cannot get any help unless you have paid their annual fee of $75. I do not give to any of these charities unless I am handing the donation straight to the victim. There are many people who do not know about what "really" goes on behind the scenes unless you are personnally affected by it.

  • MT.Net Apr 22, 2011

    The location of Wake's NCEM/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is now at the Chavis Community Center, 505 MLK Blvd in Raleigh and will open officially at 0800 Saturday.

    Citizens should REGISTER FIRST online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling FEMA at 800-621-3362. PREREGISTERING WILL SAVE YOU A LOT OF TIME!

  • MT.Net Apr 21, 2011

    An office is opening in Raleigh, too, though they've done a poor job of publicizing it.

    "NC Emergency Management will be opening a DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER in Raleigh at 0800 on Friday, 4-22-11. The center will be located in the Alcohol Treatment Center, 3000 Falstaff Drive (Behind Wake Med.) There will be representatives of various Federal, State and Non-Governmental Agencies on call to provide information and assistance.

    BEFORE YOU GO: Register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362, or go to FEMA.Gov and register on line. Take positive identification with you."

  • hfweather Apr 21, 2011

    has anyone heard if n.c. is giving out food replacement food stamps? my power was off and i had to throw alot away, any info apericated
    April 21, 2011 3:22 p.m.
    Report abuse

    contact your local dept.of social services
    It is the areas that were damaged or should I say wiped out letssee

    I was in sanford sat.,sun,helping out i had no problem getting in,only animals i saw were the dead ones.

  • venitapeyton Apr 21, 2011

    With cooperation like this, its no wonder they went to Fayetteville first:


  • arlenestegmann Apr 21, 2011

    has anyone heard if n.c. is giving out food replacement food stamps? my power was off and i had to throw alot away, any info apericated

  • cstone13132 Apr 21, 2011

    fema ? oh no i hope they do a better job here than they did in katrina!

  • letssee Apr 21, 2011

    It is the areas that were damaged or should I say wiped out. Really .. you are going to talk about a rant and rave??? That is all these posting are 95% of the time.

    Look here.. this makes me very angry along with many other people. Lee county's taxes paid for this Mobil unit for this purpose. When will Sanford ever have another catastrophe like this to even use it? It should have been used last Saturday and people should be aware of this.

  • venitapeyton Apr 21, 2011

    Much of their coordination is with NC Emergency Management www.ncem.org. Other info: www.raleighnc.gov, www.wakegov.com. For FEMA www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.