FEMA sets up disaster recovery center in Onslow County

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — People are just starting to get back to their homes and lives in Onslow County, and some are finding it hard to recover from the storm. 

In the Don Williamson building at 312 Western Blvd in Jacksonville, FEMA has set up shop to help process the recovery assistance applications for Onslow County residents.

Onslow County was hit hard during the storm, and some say they haven’t been able to put the pieces back together yet.

“I’m going to be dealing with mildew and mold,” said Onslow County resident Tina Walker. “And I lost all my food. And what I didn’t lose in the refrigerator, I ate several days later. So I don’t have anything. And I won’t have a dime until my social security deposits in October.”

FEMA is hoping to get aid and resources into the hands of those that need the most help.

“It’s important for us to be able to work with people and connect them with the things that they need for their recovery,” said Lynn Kimbrough with FEMA.

County residents waiting in line said it’s been rough over the past week.

“I was able to get maybe a couple bookbags of clothes out for me and my son,” said resident Kendra Edwards. “I have a six-year-old. And everything else is lost.”

And that they can only hope the help is enough.

“I’m trying everything in my power just to be able to get me and my son a place,” said Edwards. “And that’s not even including everything that furnished my house. I just need a shelter over my head. A comfort zone for me and my son.”

If you can’t make it in person, you can also apply for FEMA assistance online or by phone at 1-800-621-FEMA.

There is no set date for when FEMA will close the site, but they say they’re hoping to help as many people as possible in the area with their recovery needs.
 

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