Governor requests additional disaster declaration for individual assistance after Dorian
Published 9:06 am Tuesday, September 24, 2019
In a letter dated Sept. 21, Gov. Roy Cooper sent an additional request to President Donald J. Trump for federal assistance to North Carolina residents who are hurting from Hurricane Dorian.
The request asks for individual assistance for Carteret, Dare, Hyde and New Hanover counties and adds Jones County to the list of requested counties to receive public assistance.
The governor’s request for FEMA individual assistance, if approved, would provide grants to residents who suffered damages from Dorian and could open the door to additional FEMA recovery programs, like temporary housing.
Specifically requested are the Individuals and Households Program (IHP), the Small Business Administration’s Disaster Assistance Loans, Crisis Counseling, Disaster Legal Services, Disaster Unemployment Assistance and the Disaster Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Programs.
This new request is in addition to the Sept. 13 request for a major disaster declaration for public assistance that is still awaiting a response. The public assistance request would provide reimbursement of funds spent repairing infrastructure and public facilities.
State officials have encouraged North Carolina’s congressional leaders, including Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, to help expedite approval of federal assistance.
The state is supporting recovery in North Carolina as residents await a federal declaration. In particular, Ocracoke Island faces unique challenges and the state continues to provide critical support services to the island.