President Trump today approved FEMA public assistance for debris removal and emergency help, but Individual Assistance–to help families rebuild homes like this one demolished two days ago–is still pending. Photo: C. Leinbach

Oct. 4, 2019. 3:01 p.m. From our news sources.

President  Donald Trump today approved Gov. Roy Cooper’s request for a major disaster declaration for Public Assistance for the following counties impacted by Hurricane Dorian: Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Hyde, Jones, New Hanover, Pamlico, Pender, Sampson, Tyrrell, and Washington.

The major disaster declaration allows impacted counties to receive support from FEMA’s Public Assistance program which provides reimbursement to local governments for costs of debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures and the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged publicly owned facilities, a press release from Cooper’s office said. Certain private non-profit organizations can also be eligible for reimbursement.

North Carolina requested Public Assistance on Sept. 13 and Cooper on Sept. 21 requested a major disaster declaration for Individual Assistance, which, if approved, would provide grants to residents who suffered damages from Dorian and could open the door to additional FEMA recovery programs such as temporary housing.

The individual assistance request remains under review and state officials have urged federal agencies and North Carolina’s congressional delegation to work to expedite federal approval.

Ocracoke faces unique challenges and the state continues to provide critical support services to the island

“North Carolina’s coastal communities – particularly Ocracoke and those on the Outer Banks – were hit hard by Hurricane Dorian and it’s critical that they have access to FEMA Public Assistance and the federal resources necessary to recover,” Cooper said. “This is a positive step and we continue to urge our federal partners and North Carolina’s congressional delegation to work to expedite approval of our request for Individual Assistance for families whose homes were destroyed as well.”

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  1. Wth these People need help I live in Ohio and go there every year and I couldn’t go this year because of the hurricane they need help so help them if you don’t want to help it’s not okay that means you are 💯 assholes for real!

  2. Woohoo! So glad to hear. I’ve written my representatives and Senators several times. Glad to hear someone finally listened to all our pleas!

  3. Great news!!!! Yes this is a positive step Makes all of us excited and hopeful. I know the need is great at Ocracoke. Hoping everyone will be blessed with this news and resources come quickly.

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