Thousands get aid after Irene

Posted September 26, 2011
Updated September 27, 2011

A North Carolina spokeswoman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency provided a detailed list Monday of the aid flowing to the Tar Heel state in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Hurricane Irene recovery in NC (Sept. 22, 2011)

The hurricane swept up the North Carolina coast Aug. 27, leaving homes flooded, roads washed out and fishing businesses damaged along the shorelines of ocean and sound.

Since that time, 26,477 people have applied for assistance from FEMA, spokeswoman Julia Jarema said. That aid could range from a simple referral to temporary housing. FEMA also helps storm victims pay for repair to damaged homes and covers some disaster-related medical expenses and/or personal items (such as clothing) that were destroyed/lost in the storm.

Those with hurricane-related losses in Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, Vance, Warren, Washington, Wayne and Wilson counties are eligible for help from FEMA. 

The agency has granted $75.8 million in requests to individuals and municipalities in 37 North Carolina counties, Jarema said. The greatest amount of that public aid – more than $10 million – went to Craven County. More people in Beaufort County registered for assistance than in any other county. More than 3,100 people in that county got $3.3 million in aid.

How to get aid from FEMA

Apply by phone: Call 800-621-FEMA or TTY at 800-462-7485 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week until further notice. Operators are multilingual. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) call 800-621-3362.

Apply online: By computer, go online to; By smartphone or tablet, use or download FEMA's app for Android phones:

When registering, you will need the following information:

  • Social Security number;
  • Current mailing address;
  • Address of the damaged property;
  • A brief description of the damages; and
  • Any insurance information, including the policy number and the name of your agent.
  • A phone number where you can be reached.

Assistance from FEMA could include:

Temporary housing - money to rent a different place to live;
Repairs - grants to repair some of the disaster-related damage that is not covered by insurance; and
Other needs assistance - grants for necessary and serious needs caused by the disaster. This includes medical, dental, funeral, personal property, transportation, vehicle repair or replacement, moving and storage and other expenses that FEMA approves.

Find FEMA offices:

Click on a red cross for FEMA office locations and hours.

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  • Vietnam Vet Sep 28, 2011

    You know for all you folks whining about the rich and all the aid they're getting, you might want to take a drive through some of these affected areas and see all the no so rich folks with their homes made uninhabitable and living in tents in the backyard. I have! I own a home in Craven County which thankfully wasn't damaged but I've seen a lot that were...oh, yeah. I'm not rich either!

  • sarah101022 Sep 28, 2011

    Some of you will probably be one of the first to expect FEMA to help you and your family out if a disaster destroys your property...I'll put money on it

  • loprestw Sep 27, 2011

    Can someone help me out? Why do I pay so much money every year on house insurance, life insurance, health insurance, car insurance, flood insurance, when the governmet pays for everything? Or is this why I pay so much in taxes?

  • ger Sep 26, 2011

    We have one messed up country when those who don't insure their property can get help from us. We are going to hades in a hand basket.
    September 26, 2011 5:38 p.m.
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    are you your brothers keeper?

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Sep 26, 2011

    Nerdly - "Republicans helping the rich yet again!!!"

    FEMA isn't run by politicians. It's a government agency like the IRS, the DOT, the DOE, etc.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Sep 26, 2011

    I thought FEMA was suppose to SPEED aid to those hit by disasters.

    Irene was eight (8) hurricanes and 30 days ago already.

  • NCSU_JIM Sep 26, 2011

    It took long enough for these people to get help

  • nerdlywehunt Sep 26, 2011

    Watch who gets the money, the million dollar home owners wiht suck most of this money away pretty quickly. Republicans helping the rich yet again!!!

  • redneck050 Sep 26, 2011

    if my dad or brother or sister buys a house, and passes away and leaves it to me, how can the gov say i owe "inheritance"taxes on it. my family paid taxes on that property until they died and it costs me to inherit it? our ancestors left england and other places for unfair taxation and religious freedom. where we goin to go next??

  • geosol Sep 26, 2011

    And that's what we have come to in the 21st century. Right wingers whining about helping people out who have been in a natural disaster. Wow! So sad. Bunch of really happy, helpful, and considerate people those wingers are.