FEMA Offers Rebuilding Workshops

FEMA will offer workshops across Eastern Carolina to help those devastated by Hurricane Irene with rebuilding efforts.

The organization has partnered with three stores this week to have experts on-site to lend advice. Starting Monday, FEMA representatives will be at the Lowe's on 10th St. in Greenville, the Lowe's off Highway 17 in New Bern, and the Home Depot in Kitty Hawk.

Advisors will be available at each store Monday from noon to 7 p.m. The specialists will be available Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

FEMA will provide free rebuilding information and answer questions on how to strengthen property against future storm damage.

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  • by Frank Butler Location: East Carolina on Sep 23, 2011 at 05:42 AM
    Do not get me wrong I feel for all of those affected by the hurricane. However people should realize that hurricanes, tornados, etc cannot be kept away by simply praying.
  • by Darlene on Sep 19, 2011 at 06:12 PM
    I get fema can not help with everything... Some of us that wasnt affected that bad should help the one who can if you can... For those who lost everything I am so sorry for your loss... I pray that folks will help you to provide for what you need.... I have adopted a family and my home did get some damage.. but I can wait while I help this family get back on thier feet
  • by Esther Location: Pamlico on Sep 19, 2011 at 10:14 AM
    To Repond to Frank Butler- I am one of the people you are talking about. The storm of 1999, we raised our house beyong the flood level, this storm went above the flood level. The only thing I was worried about was an airplane hitting my house, since I was so far up. It doens't matter where you are, if the storm hits, it hits hard. You stay in East Carolina, I
  • by Upset Location: Washington area on Sep 19, 2011 at 09:31 AM
    I know someone that lives off of $500 a month social security that was denied FEMA help...because she has homeowners insurance, but no FLOOD insurance, her homeowners insurance won't pay out anything. She had to drop the flood insurance a few years back because she couldn't afford it with her little SS check.
  • by Frank Butler Location: East Carolina on Sep 19, 2011 at 07:45 AM
    I really get annoyed by people complaining about not getting help from other taxpayers. Why the heck do you buy property or rent in areas that you KNOW will flood or have hurricanes, tornadoes, etc????? If you do move to these areas why do not you get the proper insurance coverage??? If I was the US government I would not let people live in these areas unless they can reasonably prove that their dwelling is built above any presently known flood stage and can withstand the maximum sustained gust winds!!! Enough of the government handouts!!! I cannot believe this country still does not have proper building codes and code enforcement!
  • by blue eyes Location: new bern on Sep 19, 2011 at 05:54 AM
    I, myself, know FEMA is helping. I know 2 people that lost everything and FEMA responded quickly. I'm sorry for eveyones loss, but please give them time to do their job...there are many, many people who they are trying to aid and that will slow down the process
  • by bandanaman Location: pamlico beach on Sep 19, 2011 at 05:25 AM
    FEMA aint nothing but a big joke ! the U.S send billions over seas to help peolpe who hates us and wont even help the tax payers of this country. I lost everything I had and got nothing Im not the only one 90% of pamlico beach was wash away by Irene and FEMA has done nothing but turn us down,,so maybe FEMA is the one who needs to rebuild
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      by barb on Sep 19, 2011 at 07:30 PM in reply to bandanaman
      More information needs to be provided on lead paint and asbestos abatement. Homeowners are endangering themselves by removing the materials themselves. And the abatement of these materials is terribly expensive and not covered by homeowners insurance at all. You cannot demolish your house, or repair or rebuild without certifying the materials have been removed. And by the way, for those who wonder why building codes doesn't support hurricane sustainable buildings, you need to check into the price of those. Frank Sheets, past director of the National Hurricane Center has gathered much information on the subject and the cost of a house that sustains wind gusts in a category 3 is prohibitive for most working class families. And if you research Hurricane Floyd flooding, you will see that was a 500 year flood. All areas of the country have natural disasters-earthquakes, tornados, floods, snowstorms, wildfires, drought, duststorms, hurricanes. If you don't like it here, the road leads elsewhere.

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