Three more Irene-hit counties get federal aid
Residents of Bladen, Columbus and Sampson counties can now apply for federal aid in the wake of Hurricane Irene.Posted — Updated
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
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:
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.
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