RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory’s request for federal disaster assistance was approved to help individuals and communities in seven additional counties recover from Hurricane Matthew. Individuals in Anson, Carteret, Chatham, Northampton, Perquimans, Richmond and Scotland counties are now able to apply for assistance.
“As we begin to recover from Hurricane Matthew, this assistance will help local governments and families who need it the most,” said McCrory. “I am glad that our federal partners have acted to provide this much needed assistance for those who are beginning to rebuild their lives.”
Carteret and Perquimans counties had already been approved for federal public assistance to help support recovery efforts of local governments and non-profits. This approval means individuals are now also eligible to apply for assistance. The other five counties were cleared this evening for federal assistance.
With the addition of these counties, 45 counties have now been approved for federal individual and public assistance and two counties have been approved for public assistance only. Nearly $64 million has already been approved for individuals who have been affected by the storm.
The 45 counties currently eligible to apply for individual and public assistance are: Anson, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chatham, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Martin, Moore, Nash, Northampton, Onslow, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Tyrrell, Wake, Washington, Wayne and Wilson.
McCrory encouraged North Carolinians to help in the relief efforts by making a financial or other contribution. Monetary contributions to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund for Hurricane Matthew can be made by texting NCRECOVERS to 30306 or by visiting NCDisasterRelief.org. This is one of the best ways to help fund long-term recovery efforts.