Officials of the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Management (CCPS-DEM) report that, to date, $13,848,529 has been disbursed in aid to victims of Hurricane Ivan.
Since President Bush issued a disaster declaration on Sept. 18, more than $7.5 million has been issued in housing assistance and over $2.2 million granted to cover other needs such as medical and dental expenses, personal property, transportation and funeral costs. The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more that $4.1 million in low-interest loans for homeowners, business owners and renters.
The following is a summary of response and recovery activity since President Bush declared 29 counties eligible for federal disaster assistance in the aftermath of Ivan:
* Applications for individual assistance have been received from 6,693 residents.
* Disaster housing assistance checks totaling $7,533,535 have been disbursed to residents for rental assistance and home repairs.
* Other Needs Assistance, which provides money for necessary expenses and serious needs not covered by insurance such as medical, dental, funeral, personal property, transportation, and moving and storage, totals $2,190,594.
* 4,231 property inspections (95%) have been completed.
* The SBA has issued 4,680 low-interest disaster loan applications (3,629 to homeowners, renters; 1,051 to businesses) and has approved $4,124,400 in low-interest loans to qualified applicants.
* 4,294 people visited FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) while in operation. All centers are now closed.
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