FEMA gives out $500,000 for Bertie, Dare and Gates counties

Chopper 10 captures overhead video of disastrous flooding in North Carolina on Oct. 24, 2016, caused by Hurricane Matthew.
Chopper 10 captures overhead video of disastrous flooding in North Carolina on Oct. 24, 2016, caused by Hurricane Matthew.

DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — FEMA dollars are coming in for North Carolina. The federal government has awarded nearly $500,000 between Bertie, Dare and Gates counties.

FEMA will continue to accept registrations from homes in areas declared disaster zones. How do you get the money and where does it go?

A spokesperson for FEMA said it’s important to note this money is only meant to make your home livable. It’s not a supplement for insurance.

FEMA has already given around 500 homeowners grants in the northeast North Carolina area. To apply, you have to set an appointment and FEMA will send out an inspector.

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The inspector will look over your home and assess the damage. In a matter of days, FEMA will give you a grant based on the inspectors report. But the FEMA spokesperson wanted to make it clear: the money awarded isn’t meant to replace everything that was ruined or broken.

To make your home whole again, FEMA suggests that you apply for an SBA or Small Business Administration loan.

“They do low interest recovery loans for homeowners and renters as well as businesses,” Nate Custer from FEMA N.C. said. “It’s for people who are uninsured or underinsured and if they have the capacity to take on an extra loan.”

Statewide, FEMA has awarded $70,462,629 for individual and household assistance, housing assistance and other needs. Registrations statewide in 28 declared counties are totaled at 54,253.