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FEMA workers are hitting the streets to visit homes and give information on assistance to those affected by the tornadoes.

Federal workers are going door to door in designated counties that were affected by the terrible tornadoes in North Carolina.  President Obama issued a declaration to Gov. Bev Perdue and specific counties to receive assistance from FEMA.   Counties included are:   Bertie, Bladen, Cumberland, Halifax, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Onslow, Wake, Wilson  Craven, Currituck, Greene, Hertford, Hoke, Pitt, Robeson and Sampson. 

Those who qualify can apply for low-interest federal loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration:  

  • Homeowners – up to $240,000 to repair or replace their homes and some personal belongings
  • Renters – up to $40,000 to replace personal belongings
  • Business Owners – up to $2 million for business property losses

FEMA encourages even those with insurance to file for assistance in case their insurance doesn’t cover all the damages. 

 Any who don’t qualify for loans may be eligible for an individual assistance grant from FEMA to help repair and replace personal property. Contact FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or


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