Wednesday last day to submit applications for disaster assistance

Published 7:56 pm Monday, December 17, 2018

The deadline for North Carolina victims of Hurricane Florence to apply for disaster assistance is Wednesday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency extended the deadline at the request of Gov. Roy Cooper.

“We want to make sure that our hurricane survivors get the help they need to get their lives back on track,” said the governor. “I urge anyone impacted by Hurricane Florence to register with FEMA right away.”

Disaster assistance for individuals may include grants to help homeowners and renters with temporary housing, necessary home repairs, replacement of personal property and other serious disaster-related needs. Disaster-assistance grants are not taxable income and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other federal and state programs. Grants do not have to be repaid to the federal government.

As of Friday, $809.6 million in federal and state resources had been committed to Florence storm victims, according to FEMA. That amount includes $112.5 million approved in individual housing program grants for homeowners and renters, $279.2 million in low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration and $417.9 million paid to National Flood Insurance Program policy holders.

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.

“FEMA understands that some people may have waited, and certainly this past week’s winter storms may have impacted their ability to register,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Albia Lewis, who is in charge of FEMA’s operations in North Carolina. “We urge anyone who has damage or losses from Florence to register now before it’s too late.”

Here’s how to apply for assistance the Wednesday deadline:







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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