Congressman Butterfield Urges Residents, Businesses, and Farmers to Apply for Disaster Recovery Assistance
Washington, DC - Congressman GK Butterfield urges residents in the First Congressional District to visit the FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers in their respective counties.
Congressman Butterfield also encourages those affected by Hurricane Irene to apply for federal assistance programs through FEMA and SBA.
Residents are asked to call the following toll-free tele-registration number for disaster survivors: 1-800-621-3362, TTY 1-800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) can call 1-800-621-3362.
Below are Disaster Recovery locations in the First Congressional District:
Mid-Atlantic Safety Council
2871 Hwy. 17 South
359 Ferrell Lane
Plymouth Municipal Airport
1069 Airport Road
Greene Co. Fire Dept.
201 Carolina Drive
Snow Hill, NC
Eckerd Drug Store
710 Degraffenreid Avenue
New Bern, NC
Agricultural Extension Center
403 Government Circle
Cooperative Extension Service Center
1791 Pink Hill Road (Hwy. 11/55 South)
Food Assistance and Nutrition Services
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will provide food assistance in the form of Disaster Food and Nutrition Services benefits (formerly called food stamps) in the following 24 additional disaster N.C. counties:
Bertie, Brunswick, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Hertford, Johnston, Jones, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Vance, Warren, Washington and Wilson.
Gov. Perdue secured the food assistance through her request for a presidential disaster declaration that was approved last week. The program, through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is open to individuals not normally eligible for Food and Nutrition Services benefits, who were affected by Hurricane Irene.
Residents of the affected areas of these counties who are not currently receiving Food and Nutrition Services benefits may qualify for temporary assistance for a one-month period if:
· Their home was damaged or destroyed
· They have disaster-related expenses
· They lost income
· Had food loss as a result of a power loss of at least eight hours from Hurricane Irene.
· Eligibility is based on available income and resources.
Those applying for Disaster Food and Nutrition Services benefits will be asked to provide:
· Proof of their identity along with proof of residency, such as a utility bill,
· The Social Security numbers, if available, and dates of birth for all members of their household.
Applicants should apply in the county where they reside. Applicants will have five consecutive days to apply for assistance beginning Saturday, Sept.10.
Households living in one of these 24 counties may use their Disaster Food and Nutrition Services Benefits to purchase hot prepared meals from retailers that are located in these counties who are authorized to accept EBT Benefits through Sept. 30, 2011.
Households who currently receive Food and Nutrition Services Benefits, that did not request a replacement of benefits, can apply for a supplement of benefits if the household suffered a disaster- related expense other than food loss. Households that received replacement benefits do not need to apply for the Disaster Food and Nutrition Services Program.
Those needing to apply for Disaster Food and Nutrition Services may do so in person the following locations:
Bertie County DSS
110 Jasper Bazemore Avenue
Edenton-Chowan Recreation Department
(Old D.F. Walker Elementary School)
824 North Oakum Street
2869 Virginia Road
Edgecombe County DSS
3003 North Main Street
Edgecombe County DSS
301 South Fairview Road
Rocky Mount, NC
Gates County DSS
122 Main Street
Greene County DSS
227 Kingold Boulevard, Suite A
Snow Hill, NC
Hertford County Commissioner’s Room
Hertford County Office Building #1
704 North King Street
Jones County DSS
118 NC 58 North
Martin County DSS
305 East Main Street
Nash County DSS
120 West Washington Street
Spaulding Resource Center
600 South Pine Street
Spring Hope, NC
The Beacon Center
(Formerly Edgecombe-Nash Mental Center)
500 Nash Medical Arts Mall
Northampton County DSS
9467 NC 305 North
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing Farm Service Agency emergency loan assistance to farmers who suffered losses during Hurricane Irene. The loans are a result of the disaster declaration requested by Gov. Perdue on Aug. 29 and approved by President Obama.
The counties designated for assistance are: Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Franklin, Gates, Granville, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Roberson, Sampson, Tyrrell, Vance, Wake, Warren, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson.
State and federal assessment efforts continue and more counties could be added later.
Farm Service Agency offices in the affected counties are taking applications for physical and production losses through May 1, 2012.