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FEMA extends deadline for disaster aid

Posted June 21, 2011

— Victims of the April 16 tornadoes have an extra two weeks to apply for federal disaster assistance.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency initially set a Monday deadline for people in the 19 counties declared disaster areas to register for recovery aid, but they extended the deadline Tuesday until July 5.

North Carolina Emergency Management officials asked FEMA for an extension, contending that continued registrations showed some people were still assessing their damage and needed additional time to apply for aid.

"There are numerous homeowners and renters who have told us they need help but have not returned the (U.S. Small Business Administration) loan applications they received when they registered with FEMA," state Emergency Management Director Doug Hoell said in a statement. "We think this is an indication that they just need more time."

As of Monday, more than 9,400 people in the 19 counties had registered with FEMA for disaster assistance. More than 4,900 SBA disaster loan applications have been sent to homeowners and renters, but only 16 percent have been returned.

State and federal officials have provided more than $15.6 million in recovery grants to homeowners, renters and businesses. State agencies and local governments received another $8 million in grants to pay for debris removal and infrastructure repair.

FEMA officials said they will continue to provide assistance after the deadline to people who call 800-621-FEMA or visit the agency's website. But the assistance will be in the form of directing people to churches and nonprofits that can help and not in any monetary grants.


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  • Karmageddon Jun 21, 2011

    These FEMA people are on tv practically begging people to come get money from them.....OUR MONEY!!!

  • bigal02282 Jun 21, 2011

    I guess FEMA heard about our Republican legislature's new environmental policies and figured they better hang around to sign off on all of the new superfund sites.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 21, 2011

    All of these people making claims must be Liberals.

    This is gov't money for people in need and we keep hearing Conservatives tell us how they're against welfare...so, every single one of these tornado victims with their hand out? They are Liberals.

    And, if you support welfare, you're a Liberal too.

    If not, why not?

  • They call me CATMAN Jun 21, 2011

    MissB you are right on the Money.

  • bmg379 Jun 21, 2011

    a waste of time

  • Rebelyell55 Jun 21, 2011

    Glad they did this. Some people still trying to get answers from insurance and not all went for help, due to other piorities. A lot of people were afraid if they file too soon, would not have all the answers they needed.

  • MissB Jun 21, 2011

    This is why people take so long to take care of their damage, because Federal and Local government always give too many extensions. The tornado was two months ago!

  • Brad Newman Jun 21, 2011

    Imagine that.