14 October 2016
AFTER HURRICANE MATTHEW
My home did not receive any water and I put it together personally and my manufactured home was not restores by flake or particle boards. Because I did not receive all the resources that I was entitled to during Floyd (and I had insurance then); I chose not to take out any for my current residence. I learned some things from Floyd’s recovery process. Here are some quick tips for us who live in Pitt County flooded areas:
1. Save all receipts from your hotels stay during your displacement. And the receipts you have while living other places (relatives, temporary shelter, etc.)
Facebook – Is okay for messaging, but for documentation you need viable sources such as the Pitt County Government website. Forms and information is there for you to use!
2. Manufactured homes are not always built with quality materials. There is plenty of moisture in the air and you maybe surprised at what may occur later. USE YOUR CELL PHONES FOR WHAT YOU THINK OR SEE IS UNUSUA! Therefore and when you return home — take pictures, clean and take pictures. A month later, your residence may have noticeable differences again take pictures. Your insurances companies my deny you. YOU NEED PROOF!!
A. Listen to the television and read the information distributed by health professionals!! Mosquitos are a concern before the flooding and now with certainty! Whenever in the open air, use shirts and blouses as cover-ups for the skin such as the arms. Wear long pants for legs and TAKE NO CHANCES.
B. These insects are adaptable.
A. Snakes other than water moccasins generally do not like water so residents are finding snakes in their “non wet” homes, so be on the look-out!
B. Many residents have shared with me that they have kill other poisonous snakes outside on their property. AGAIN, BE ON THE LOOKOOUT !
RECOVERY INFORMATION – you may or may not become whole again (It depends on the water occurrence)! To me this flooding is a more natural event and Floyd was otherwise!
1. LISTEN TO THE RADIO AND TELEVISION. IF THESE SOURCES DO NOT MATCH, USE YOUR COMMON SENSE!
2. FOOD STAMPS and other Social Services needs — Go the Pitt County Government website.
3. FEMA — Know that these agents may or may not be familiar with our landmass.
A. I am informed that the agents are on the grounds.
B. If you select to receive a SBA LOAN, be sure that your check is delivered at the signing (the closing of your loan) Ask the attorney if they have the check for the loan in hand or capability to deliver it within the hour.
C. Keep and take your photos and insurance papers with you.
3. YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY(S)
A, MAY DENY YOU.
C. You may need proof of loss. This is where
4. The North Carolina Government
A. Have created forms for PRICE GOUGING.
B. Have consumer protection rules and policies.
C. Will accept disputes for INSURANCE COMPANIES.
D. PROBLEMS, CONSULT A State Representative or Federal Representative.
Good evening all,
I want to personally say thank you to Greene Lamp staff who have been working with citizens to help them evacuate, those who have gone to the grocery store and provided food for those in need, those who have carried hot meals to other staff and / or families who were without power, and to all those who have been reaching out to their co-workers and families just to check on them. YOU ALL MAKE ME SO PROUD!!!!
As we continue to ensure the safety of the staff, board members, clients of Greene Lamp and the citizens in the communities we serve, we have been working in the community to learn of resources to meet immediate needs of the victims of Hurricane Matthew. While this horrible event will continue to affect our communities for weeks and/or months, we realize there are immediate and long term needs. Ms. Moye and I have been working to ensure our funders know of our situation, searching for resources, and planning for our next steps.
Below are two resources which are available now.
Looking for Hurricane Matthew resources?
Dial 2-1-1 from any phone. Our trained call specialists are available 24/7.
Also, Federal Emergency Management Assistance (FEMA) has an online application for applying for disaster assistance. Below is the link to apply online.
NOTICE FOR ALL AREAS OF THE STATES BELOW AFFECTED BY HURRICANE MATTHEW:
FLORIDA — GEORGIA — SOUTH CAROLINA — NORTH CAROLINA (#4285)
If you have damage or loss from this disaster, you may complete a FEMA application now even if your county has not been federally declared for Individual Assistance. This will help speed up the process if counties are added to a declaration. Your application will be processed if your county is added to a declaration and FEMA determines you are eligible.
Please click Apply Online to start your FEMA application. When asked to choose a disaster, select the number next your state above, if one is listed, or Disaster has occurred, but not in the list. Just click Next to proceed if your county has not been declared. You may also create an account when you apply. If you do, you will be able to log in later to check the status of your application.
Please know that each of you are in my prayers and I will continue to work with leaders in our communities to bring information for resources to you as I learn of them and assist in any way I can. Greene Lamp has been tested before and we have prevailed….we will prevail again!!!
Angela M Bates, MBA, NC-CERT
Greene Lamp Community Action
For your information, another resource. While we are still in the wake of the disaster, please remember that you can contact FEMA now and report your damage. Below is another resrouce for free legal assistance. Please share.
Legal Aid is working in concert with a number of organizations including the North Carolina Bar Association, the American Bar Association and FEMA to provide free legal assistance to victims of Hurricane Matthew. North Carolinians in need of assistance should call the toll-free hotline that has been set up at 1-800-662-7407. The hotline is available weekdays from 9-4. Callers should identify that they are seeking Hurricane Matthew-related legal assistance, ask for Disaster Legal Services, and should identify the county in which they are located. Survivors who qualify for assistance will be matched with North Carolina lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal help. See the press release here for more details.
Please share this information with your community and with the organizations which you work with.
Examples of legal assistance available include:
· Assistance with securing FEMA and other benefits available to disaster survivors
· Assistance with life, medical and property insurance claims
· Help with home repair contracts and contractors
· Replacement of wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the disaster
· Assisting in consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures
· Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems
· Counseling on landlord/tenant problems
Mr. Blaine P Mays
Legal Aid Helpline
(866) 219-5262 (Hotline)