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NC tornado victims get $5 million in government aid

Posted May 6, 2011

— More than $5 million in federal and state aid has been given to people in 18 counties hit hard on April 16 by the worst tornado outbreak in North Carolina's history, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Friday.

FEMA has given $2.9 million for temporary housing and home repairs, and the U.S. Small Business Administration has distributed $1.2 million in nearly 3,800 low-interest loans to business owners, homeowners and renter.

The state and federal governments have also given $1.08 million to help with smaller, disaster-related expenses such as personal property damage, medical and dental bills, and transportation to work.

 FEMA said that 6,850 people have registered for aid, and more than 2,500 have visited disaster recovery centers.

FEMA agents have inspected 3,810 damaged homes and gone door-to-door to over 9,600 homes. They've also visited 1,483 businesses, 126 community organizations and 640 faith-based organizations.

People affected by the storms can still register for aid by going online to FEMA's website or calling 1-800-621-3363 or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585.


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  • bluered5858 May 6, 2011

    the only people the gov helps is the ones that dont work to start with and are on welfare,the honest working folks dont get help,whats up with that.the ones that are just above the poverty
    line and have worked all there lives dont get help.oh you make to much money.I make 1500.00 a month.

  • estrauch May 6, 2011

    My home and car was completely destroyed by the tornado that struck Wilson county April 16th. I took the online questionnaire and was placed into the NO ASSISTANCE category. Because I have a job, have Insurance, am not Native American and don't have children I qualify for ZERO! I could however take out a low interest loan from the government. Why in the world would I do that when I don't have the money to pay them back...makes NO sense! And the RED CROSS...HA! Don't even get me started! For years I have donated to the Red Cross and when I was the one who needed help, they offered very little. I was shocked and very disappointed. Americans are compassionate and giving people when others are in need. I have found more help from my family, friends and the local church. God Bless America! Prayers are being prayed for those that are going through the rebuilding process... just like I am.

  • Mark Hayes May 6, 2011

    Our government is so busy keeping other countries governments up and running we have become secondary until taxes are due then we get all the attention they can muster.

  • bacchianm May 6, 2011

    Well FEMA wouldnt help me out int he first two weeks due to the fact I have insurance and they havent settled, and still havent settled. So I have had to hoof it on my my own. I lost 90 percent of everything I own and the government told me "next'. I have never requested or recieved anything from the government until this and I ALWAYS pay my taxes and do the responsible thing. The only ones who have helped me are friends, family and the Baptist Mens Association, god bless them. They get my donations from now on when I get up and running again. The feds, the state and the red cross are worhless.

  • Rebelyell55 May 6, 2011

    Some may not remember, but when Fran came through, the state and local goverments along with the people of NC helping each other, cover the cost of recovery.

  • Rebelyell55 May 6, 2011

    No surprises here.

  • freedomfromAmeriKa May 6, 2011

    Wake County alone suffered more than $100 million in damages; this puny amount is unbelievable. Our big government can spend billions a day on war, yet refuse to help the people paying for it.

  • patrickamallory May 6, 2011

    FEMA can't do anything in our communities without the permission of local/state government so any judgement should be targeted at both state and federal agencies--basically a big turf war (as usual).


  • Groovy May 6, 2011

    They visited me. My letter said I was entitled to $0.00 compensation. That's because I have homeowner's insurance.

  • oleguy May 6, 2011

    I agree FEMA, is a joke and a very costly one at that,,,