Nearly $20 million approved for Beaufort County residents

Published 6:19 pm Friday, November 30, 2018

Beaufort County residents adversely affected by Hurricane Florence have received just under $20 million in aid, according to John Mills, a spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s external affairs division.

The largest part of that aid came from FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program. “FEMA has paid more than $16 million in flood insurance claims to policyholders in Beaufort County,” Mills wrote in an email.

At of the end of February, 134,306 NFIP policies were in effect in North Carolina, with in-force insurance (whole) in the amount of $33.7 million and in-force premiums (written) at $110.4 million, according to NFIP data. In Beaufort County (including its municipalities and unincorporated areas), there were 4,171 policies in effect at the end of February, with in-force insurance (whole) in the amount of $810 million.

Another agency has stepped in with more aid. “The Small Business Administration has approved about $2.9 million in disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses in Beaufort County,” Mills wrote.

Mills also wrote: “For losses and needs not covered by insurance, FEMA has provided about $968,000 in grants to more than 350 Beaufort County households, including homeowners and renters with damage to their primary residence.”

As of Friday, $117,417,692.81 had been approved for individual assistance statewide, including $97,224,616.35 for housing assistance and $20,193,076.46 for other-needs assistance. There were 32,892 applications for individual assistance approved.

Housing assistance provides money for disaster-related housing needs, while other-needs assistance provides funds for other disaster-related needs such as household furnishings, transportation and medical care.

A deadline for another aid program related to Florence is approaching. Farmers affected by the hurricane have until Dec. 10 to sign up for the Hurricane Florence Agricultural Disaster Program of 2018, according to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The program directly assists farmers who suffered losses to commodities planted but not harvested before Sept. 13 and livestock, the agency said in a news release this week. The department is administering the program, which depends on funding from the N.C. General Assembly.

The department said crop damage and livestock losses to the state’s agriculture industry are estimated at $1.1 billion and expected to grow.

To sign up for this aid, visit or call 1-866-645-9403.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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