New Hanover County, NC – New Hanover County received notice this week that funds are available in FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs. These programs can help property owners relocate, elevate homes or rebuild homes because of damages from Hurricane Florence.
In order to help homeowners, businesses and community organizations learn more about these programs, New Hanover County is hosting a drop-in information session on Wednesday, December 5, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the Long Leaf Room of the Northeast Library at 1241 Military Cutoff Road in Wilmington. Attendees are encouraged to come by for information and assistance with applications any time from 4 to 7 p.m., and should enter the door facing Military Cutoff Road.
“New Hanover County is facilitating the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program application process in coordination with the State of North Carolina and FEMA, and we want to make sure residents, business owners and community groups understand the programs and eligibility requirements,” said New Hanover County Hurricane Florence Recovery Manager Beth Schrader. “All property owners who experienced significant damage from Hurricane Florence or repetitive damage from several storms are encouraged to attend the information session to learn about these grant programs that can help them rebuild stronger and more resilient against future disasters.”
Residents can receive one-on-one assistance with applying for these programs at the December 5 information session, as well at the New Hanover County Hurricane Florence Recovery Coordination Office, on the Military Cutoff side of the Northeast Library, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Homeowners in the 100-year floodplain who experienced substantial damage from Hurricane Florence may be eligible for a buyout as an “expedited property” under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The local deadline to apply for this specific project type is December 13. Other deadlines are program specific over the coming weeks and months, and can be found at HurricaneRecovery.NHCgov.com.
For more information, and to sign up for notifications about Hurricane Florence recovery efforts, visit HurricaneRecovery.NHCgov.com or call the New Hanover County Hurricane Florence Recovery Coordination Office at 910-798-7007.