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Three more Irene-hit counties get federal aid

Posted October 9, 2011

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— Residents of three more North Carolina counties can apply for federal aid in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Bladen, Columbus and Sampson counties were declared eligible for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Friday, bringing to the total of counties 38 covered by a federal disaster declaration.

"We remain vigilant in pursuing any assistance available to help communities return to normal operation," Gov. Bev Perdue said in a statement. "This will be helpful for families and business owners in those counties as they work to rebuild."

Individuals in those counties can seek low-interest loans and grants from FEMA. The 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.

Hurricane Irene 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 then, about 30,000 individuals and households have applied for FEMA aid. The agency has distributed more than $39 million in assistance, including $19 million for housing assistance and $16 million in small-business loans.

The deadline to apply for FEMA aid is Oct. 31, and the deadline for disaster unemployment assistance is Nov. 1.

Also eligible for FEMA aid are people 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. 

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 www.DisasterAssistance.gov; By smartphone or tablet, use m.fema.gov or download FEMA's app for Android phones: https://market.android.com/details?id=gov.fema.mobile.android.

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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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Oct 18, 2011

    This is the right story, fancymike. :-)

    Many of North Carolinians, especially those along our coast, like to SAY that they're against government handouts. (just check voting records)

    This story is about those people taking gov't handouts. IMO, they need to either NOT take the money or change their mind about gov't handouts...if they want to maintain their integrity, that is.

  • fayncmike Oct 10, 2011

    "New Rule: If you're against government handouts, you cannot collect 1 penny in government handouts.

    It's all money that you never have to pay back. No, the reason does not matter.

    You could pull yourself up by your own bootstraps or just move...like you tell others to do.
    hereandnow99"

    Did you post this in the wrong window?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Oct 10, 2011

    New Rule: If you're against government handouts, you cannot collect 1 penny in government handouts.

    It's all money that you never have to pay back. No, the reason does not matter.

    You could pull yourself up by your own bootstraps or just move...like you tell others to do.

  • fayncmike Oct 10, 2011

    My question is why has it taken so long for those in need to get the assistance they require?