NORTH CAROLINA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

NORTH CAROLINA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU CALL US:

DISCLAIMER

Homeless To Independence Inc. is an All-Volunteer, Faith-Based, 501©3 non-profit organization. We do NOT receive any grant funding what-so-ever to pay bills for anyone in any situation. We do not give away money. We do not give out loans against any items for money.

This ministry is supported with generous financial donations that are used to help keep us functioning. Our purpose is to help supply individuals and families with personal needs such as food, toiletries, clothing, household items, furniture and baby/adult diapers/wipes both locally and to areas effected by disasters . At this time, we do not offer any shelter or transitional housing services. Again, we DO NOT pay any bills. We DO NOT pay any rents or mortgages.

If you are actually homeless, or about to be homeless or need emergency assistance of any kind, you can:

1. DIAL “211” from a:

a. Land line telephone. Tell the receiver your situation and what you need. They will give you information specific for the physical location you are currently at plus any referrals you may need. They have the most up to the minute information for your specific area. Dialing “211” will get you help and much more info than this office can provide. Homeless to Independence wants you to have all the information you need to get through the situation you are in.

b. Cell Telephone – This will ONLY bring you to the correct information center in the area code within the very same City/Town in the County & State you purchased/acquired your cell telephone in!

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a land-line telephone or cell telephone, go to your local police department, library, or house of worship and ask to use their land-line telephone. They may even make the call on your behalf.

2. Use the internet and go to: http://www.211.org/

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Homeless To Independence Inc. is not responsible for misprints or cancellations of events by the event holders, landlord and/or their agent, or ourselves. Homeless to Independence Inc. also reserves the right to “NOT” offer services to people and/or persons that are rude, unpleasant, and untruthful in any way shape or form, belligerent and the like.

OCCASIONALLY, THERE WILL BE ARTICLES BY OTHER WRITERS. HOMELESS TO INDEPENDENCE MAY NOT NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THEIR VIEWPOINTS, BUT WE DO RESPECT THEM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

OFFICE CONTACT INFO:

THE VERY BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME IS TO SEND ME AN EMAIL: ANN@HOMELESSTOINDEPENDENCE.ORG

OFFICE NUMBER IS: 1-732-264-7500

Please note that our office does have very limited volunteer staff and if we are one telephone line we cannot answer the other line. There is simply not enough time in the day to answer and/or return each and every telephone call.

IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, NO ONE WILL CONTACT YOU BACK.

THANK YOU!!!

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You are more than welcome to send in information on your on your emergency preparedness events…..
to nchti@homelesstoindependence.org

Thank you!

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FEMA Offers Repair, Rebuilding Advice at Local Community Facilities in Hyde, Bertie, Bladen and Duplin Counties
Release date:
January 13, 2017
Release Number:
NR 108

DURHAM, N.C. – FEMA mitigation specialists will be on hand next week at four local community facilities to answer questions and offer home improvement tips along with proven methods to prevent or reduce damage from future disasters. They also will offer tips and techniques to build hazard resistant homes.

Most of the information and the free publications provided are geared for do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

Recovery topics to be covered include flood insurance, elevating utilities and rebuilding flooded homes.

FEMA advisors will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 through Friday, Jan. 20 at the following locations:
Hyde County
Government Center
30 Oyster Creek Road
Swan Quarter, NC 27885
Bertie County
Windsor Community Building
201 South Queen Street
Windsor, NC 27983
Bladen County
Bladen County Library
111 N. Cypress Street
Elizabethtown, NC 28337
Duplin County
Dept. of Social Services
423 North Main Street
Kenansville, NC 28349

Free reference booklets with information on protecting your home from flood damage will be available at all locations. More information about strengthening property can be found at www.fema.gov/what-mitigation.

North Carolina survivors who have questions about their flood insurance policies and coverage should call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (Option 2) for voice, 711 and Video Relay Service. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585. Specialists can help with service claims, provide general information regarding policies and offer technical assistance to aid in recovery.

For more information on the North Carolina recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4285 and readync.org. Follow FEMA on Twitter at @femaregion4 and North Carolina Emergency Management @NCEmergency.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 or TTY at 800-462-7585.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow FEMA on twitter at @femaregion4. Download the FEMA app with tools and tips to keep you safe before, during, and after disasters.

Dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162 to speak with a trained call specialist about questions you have regarding Hurricane Matthew; the service is free, confidential and available in any language. They can help direct you to resources. Call 5-1-1 or 877-511-4662 for the latest road conditions or check the ReadyNC mobile app, which also has real-time shelter and evacuation information. For updates on Hurricane Matthew impacts and relief efforts, go to ReadyNC.org or follow N.C. Emergency Management on Twitter and Facebook. People or organizations that want to help ensure North Carolina recovers can visit NCdisasterrelief.org or text NCRecovers to 30306.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

Last Updated:
January 13, 2017 – 15:39
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Now is the Time to Register with FEMA
Release date:
January 12, 2017
Release Number:
NR 106

DURHAM, N.C. – With the two-week extension for those affected by Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina, survivors who have not registered with FEMA for damage from the storm should do so now.

Governor Roy Cooper requested the extension so that residents could have more time to register or reconsider registering with FEMA. State and FEMA officials hope those who suffered flood damage from Hurricane Matthew Oct. 4 – 24, 2016 will take this extra time to do so.

You may be a survivor who has previously not wanted to register. If you had damage from Hurricane Matthew’s floods, FEMA recommends you should reconsider. Don’t overlook possible help. Perhaps you’ve been meaning to register for assistance but it keeps slipping your mind. Make a plan to register as soon as possible. And, remember, the deadline is now Monday, Jan. 23, 2017.

Registration is convenient and easy. Survivors who still need to register with FEMA may do so:

Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 for voice, 711 and Video Relay Service. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585.
Download the FEMA Mobile App and apply.
Visit one of the three FEMA/North Carolina Emergency Management Disaster Recovery Centers in Fayetteville, Lumberton and Tarboro.To find a disaster recovery center near you, call the FEMA Helpline or text DRC and your zip code to 43362. You also can find a center near you online to fema.gov/drc.

FEMA assistance for homeowners and renters may include grants for rent, temporary housing and home repair to their primary residence, transportation as well as other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses or funeral and burial costs.

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If you have been offered an application for a U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loan, the deadline to submit the completed document also has been extended to Jan. 23.

Submitting a loan application does not imply your acceptance of a loan, but it is a necessary step to being considered for other forms of disaster assistance.

Even if you have insurance, you should still register because your insurance may not cover all of your losses.

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339. SBA representatives also are available at any disaster recovery center, SBA disaster loan outreach center, or business recovery center. SBA Business Recovery Centers are located in Greenville, Fayetteville and Lumberton.

If you need advice in repairing or rebuilding your home, take advantage of the following events taking place this week:

Homeowners, renters and business owners whose properties were damaged by Hurricane Matthew flooding can find information and guidance on their next steps toward recovery at the Lumberton Disaster Recovery Resource Fair.

The resource fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Robeson Community College Workforce Business Center – Building 18. The center is located at the college at 5160 Fayetteville Road, Lumberton.

FEMA representatives are conducting Mitigation outreach, which includes advice as well as free pamphlets and brochures, through Friday at the following locations: Duplin County’s Building Inspection office, 119 Middleton Cemetery Lane, Kenansville 28349; Moore County’s Crain Creek Fire Department, 4525 Lobelia Road, Vass 28394; and Cypress Point Fire Department, Woodlake Station, 205 Murdock C Rd., Vass 28394. In Pender County, the event will be held at the Department of Planning and Zoning, 805 S. Walker St., Burgaw 28425.

For more information on North Carolina’s recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4285 and readync.org. Follow FEMA on Twitter at @femaregion4 and North Carolina Emergency Management @NCEmergency.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 or TTY at 800-462-7585.

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Now is the Time to Register with FEMA – Page 3

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against,

respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow FEMA on twitter at @femaregion4. Download the FEMA app with tools and tips to keep you safe before, during, and after disasters.

Dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162 to speak with a trained call specialist about questions you have regarding Hurricane Matthew; the service is free, confidential and available in any language. They can help direct you to resources. Call 5-1-1 or 877-511-4662 for the latest road conditions or check the ReadyNC mobile app, which also has real-time shelter and evacuation information. For updates on Hurricane Matthew impacts and relief efforts, go to ReadyNC.org or follow N.C. Emergency Management on Twitter and Facebook. People or organizations that want to help ensure North Carolina recovers can visit NCdisasterrelief.org or text NCRecovers to 30306.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

Last Updated:
January 12, 2017 – 11:02
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Formidable Footprint – A Community / Neighborhood Exercise

Description The Formidable Footprint exercise series has been developed in accordance with Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) protocols. The objective of the exercise series is for CERTs, Neighborhood Watch Programs, Neighborhood Associations, Community / Faith Based Organizations, Citizen Corps, Fire Corps and others to work as a team to become better prepared for the next disaster their community may face. There is NO CHARGE for participation in any of the Formidable Footprint exercises. For additional information or to register for up-coming exercises please access the following web site today: www.FormidableFootprint.org

This is a Virtual Event –

Contact Information (Name / Phone / Weblink) Chris Floyd / 850-241-3565 / chrisfloyd@drc-group.com

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WE LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED WHEN IT COMES TO HELPING OTHERS!!

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