FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Open In Bertie County

A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opened in Bertie county Thursday afternoon and within minutes the building was packed with people.

People who lost all their possessions, their homes, or their businesses from the recent tornadoes were heading into the center to see what kind of federal relief they could receive. We talked with one woman who said the tornado ripped through her stables damaging almost everything and killing one of her horses. She says she desperately needs help now because her business and livelihood were destroyed.

"In our situation it feels pretty hopeless, I don't know what we are going to do," said Leah Newsome.

She was just one of many who lost almost everything during the storm.

Affected residents and business owners can begin the disaster application process by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)

A FEMA disaster recovery center will open for Bertie County residents Thursday.

The center will be located at the Colerain Community Building on 106 West Academy Street in Colerain.

Hours of operation on Thursday will be 12 noon to 7 p.m. and beginning Friday, April 22, 2011 the Center will operate daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Affected residents and business owners can begin the disaster application process by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2011 at 07:10 PM
    Yeah that's the ticket! Everyone who doesn't get help went on trips and didn't buy insurance! WOW! Einstein, you must have insurance if you have a mortgage and must have flood insurance if you are in the flood plain. Then the adjusters come and deny, deny, deny and reduce amounts to pay left and right. You are left with a destroyed home and half the money to rebuild. The govt FEMA says you got your fair share; now go pay your taxes or WE will put a lien on your home too.
  • by Chuck WireWiggler Location: ChazWorld, Hyde Branch on Apr 21, 2011 at 03:58 AM
    let the bilking begin.
  • by Sick of it on Apr 21, 2011 at 03:34 AM
    Don't show up for any help if you have a job. They'll say you aren't "poor". Only non-working welfare, social security and disability bums please. The "poor" will get free new homes. Those working and making less than $40,000 a year (BUT WORKING) will get a "loan" to rebuild their home (but you will still have your mortgage which you will still have to pay). Remember FEMA during the '99 Floyd Floods? Yep, only welfare and disability bums need apply for "assistance"; they get free new homes. We get crushed with more debt to try and survive, BUT all is not lost, they WILL FEEL OUR PAIN!!! No help for those who work, pay taxes, pay their OWN health insurance, etc. Those who make this country stay in operation get screwed.
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      by Retired FEMA on Apr 22, 2011 at 06:02 AM in reply to Sick of it
      As one who has actually worked in dozens of these Recovery Centers-I am not one to stand on the sidelines quietly and let these untruths and pure lies go unanswered. No one gets free homes, unemployment directly related to the disaster is available, rental assistance to people that can prove they actually paid rent is available, 100% (or used to be) of funeral expenses is available, money to pay rent while your home is being repaired, FEMA does have grants for those that qualify up to about $13,000, and many other programs are available; Also in the Recovery Center you will find the Small Business Administration, Farm Service agency, Red Cross, NC State Unemployment people, the NC Insurance Commission. Yes there are people whose losses cannot be made whole, (usually because they can not prove or verify their statements or chose to spend their money on vacations and not insurance), but the Recovery Centers can help.
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        by Knows on Apr 22, 2011 at 07:07 PM in reply to Retired FEMA
        Go to Belhaven; If the homes weren't free for the "poor" after Dennis/Floyd, then it must be because the houses only cost $13000(as you say)therefore resulted in being free. I've been in a position to see things too. The government built the homes and if the resident stayed there 10 years, then the lien from FEMA/US Govt was canceled. The people who got the homes did NOT have to make payments; just had to live there and not sell it for 10 years. Nobody said everyone got a free home. Enough said!!! Check it out!!!!!
  • by S Location: Hertford Co. on Apr 20, 2011 at 10:12 PM
    Sure hope you do a better job than you did during Floyd. You offered nothing but loans. Well, I lost my business, thanks to your help..where did the grants go? That's what people need during devastation. If loans are all you've got, guess what, we got all the debt we need!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2011 at 04:09 AM in reply to S
      Do like the rest of the worthless bums and get on disability and then split wood on the side and make money "under the table". Loser!!! Get with it! Get with the program!! Then you will be poor and FEMA will GIVE you a new home!!!!!

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