November 9, 2012
Assistance now available for Hurricane Sandy victims
Bev Perdue today announced that financial assistance is available to
help permanent residents and business owners in Dare, Currituck, Hyde
and Tyrrell counties who suffered property damage from Hurricane Sandy.
The aid is a result of the governor’s request for a disaster
declaration by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
addition, the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management has opened
a field office on the Outer Banks to assist property owners with
emergency general permits for beach bulldozing and other Coastal Area
Management Act permits for Hurricane Sandy recovery.
along our coast have spent the past year recovering from Hurricane
Irene only to be impacted by Hurricane Sandy,” Gov. Perdue said today
in a news release. “They need our help to recover and this funding will
help do just that.”
Starting on Wednesday, Nov. 14, a U.S.
Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Outreach Center will open
in Kill Devil Hills to help individuals complete their applications,
answer questions about the disaster loan program and explain the
The center is located at the Thomas Baum
Senior Center, 300 Mustian St. in Kill Devil Hills. It will be open
from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays through Monday, Nov. 19, and
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. The center will be closed
Sunday, Nov. 18.
Loans up to $200,000 are available
through the SBA to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed
real estate. Homeowners and renters are also eligible for loans
up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal
Storm victims in Dare County who do not
qualify for a federal loan may be eligible for a state grant of up to a
maximum of $30,400 to help pay for housing and other essential needs.
The state grants were made available as a result of the governor’s
disaster declaration for Dare County.
edged past the state Oct. 27 through 30, damaging dozens of homes and
businesses in Dare County. Damage assessment teams from North Carolina
Emergency Management and the SBA helped local officials survey the
damage last week. Dare was the only county that met the threshold for a
SBA disaster declaration. However, SBA policy enables residents and
business owners in contiguous counties to also apply for financial
assistance from the federal agency
Interest rates are as
low as 1.688 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30
years. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on
each applicant’s financial condition.
businesses unable to visit the center can apply via the SBA Customer
Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and
The Division of Coastal Management opened an emergency field office on the Outer Banks earlier this week.
office is located at the Pitt Center, 6 Skyline Road in Southern
Shores. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The phone
number is 252-261-8281.
Oceanfront property owners with beach
and dune erosion caused by Hurricane Sandy are now able to obtain a
Coastal Area Management Act emergency general permit to allow beach
bulldozing for the reconstruction of primary and frontal dune systems.
The emergency permit regulations speed up the authorization process for
permit approval. The rules also waive permit fees for these projects.
The permit does not eliminate the need to obtain any other required
state, local, or federal authorization.
Dee Freeman, secretary
of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, activated
the general permit for use in the Ocean and Inlet Hazard Areas of North
Carolina’s eight oceanfront counties: Brunswick, Carteret, Currituck,
Dare, Hyde, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender. Work authorized under the
emergency general permits must be completed by May 1, 2013.
The permit may be used only to authorize beach bulldozing for the reconstruction of primary and frontal dune systems.
you would like to apply for the emergency general permit, here’s how
you can help Coastal Management review your request as quickly as
owners with questions should call their local N.C. Division of Coastal
Management office: Elizabeth City, 252-264-3901; Morehead City,
252-808-2808 or 1-888-4RCOAST (1-888-472-6278); Washington,
252-946-6481; or Wilmington, 910-796-7215.
make your request in person at the N.C. Division of Coastal Management
office that covers your county: Pitt Center, 6 Skyline Road, Southern
Shores (temporary office);1367 U.S. 17 South, Elizabeth City (Camden,
Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties);
400 Commerce Ave., Morehead City (Carteret, Craven and Pamlico
counties, and the White Oak River bank in Onslow County); 943
Washington Square Mall, Washington (Beaufort, Bertie, Hertford, Hyde,
Tyrrell and Washington counties); 127 Cardinal Drive Ext., Wilmington
(Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties, Onslow County south of the
New River, and Topsail Island).
with you a description of the extent of the proposed dune
reconstruction, including dimensions and shoreline length. Pre- and
post-storm pictures of the project are helpful.
your name, address, phone number and the project location. Include any
detailed information that will be helpful, such as the state road
number, the name of the water body and the name of the development.
you have had any other CAMA permit on your property, please tell the
division. Those permits may contain information that will help staff in
the N.C. Division of Coastal Management review your repair or