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Disaster aid available for eight more counties

Posted April 21, 2011

— Residents and businesses in eight counties were made eligible on Thursday for federal disaster assistance. 

The counties of Craven, Currituck, Greene, Hertford, Hoke, Pitt, Robeson and Sampson join previously designed counties – Bertie, Bladen, Cumberland, Halifax, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Onslow, Wake and Wilson.

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. 

Applications can also be made by phone (800-621-3362) or online at www.fema.gov.

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.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency opened offices in Bertie and Cumberland counties on Thursday to connect storm victims with local, state and federal assistance. A center in Johnston County is scheduled to open on Friday.


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  • zProt Apr 22, 2011

    My goodness, sounds like we're actually helping people. What do they think this is? Socialism or something?

  • Nunya123 Apr 22, 2011

    indrdw - http://www.disasterassistance.gov (FEMA disaster relief) shows that there are loans and grants available to homeowners, renters and business. The only real difference is the amounts. $200,000 for homeowners property, $40,000 for homeowners and renters for their personal belongings and $2 million for businesses. The majority are low-interest loans with, for those that qualify, grants available in certain circumstances to any of the 3.

  • roaddog3 Apr 22, 2011

    I hope all the donations don't go to all the drug dealers houses in downtown Raleigh. All of them with claim, poor old me.

  • indrdw Apr 22, 2011

    I notice homeowners can apply for loans yet renters and businesses can 'apply'. Does this mean homeowners are expected to take care of themselves which by the way is what we are supposed to do yet renters and businesses get the money without having to borrow it.
    Just want to know if I misunderstood the article. Sounds like home ownership is not the way to go these days.

    People should help people not the government.