Multiple aid options available to tornado survivors

Gov Bev Perdue

April 26, 2011 4:04:47 PM PDT
Governor Beverly Perdue toured a disaster relief center in Raleigh and provided more information about government agencies that are providing aid to storm survivors.

Perdue visited Raleigh's Chavis Center, which is now a disaster center, to see firsthand what relief is being offered to people who live in affected areas.

Lucinda Sager was at the center trying to get relief from a weeklong nightmare. There are 100 trees down on her property and her barn was ripped to shreds.

Flanked by FEMA officials, Perdue addressed everyone in Sager's shoes.

"I would like to remind folks that we are now in full recovery mode," Perdue said.

Along with rattling off a half dozen government agencies, relief organizations and phone numbers where victims can find help, the Governor praised the ten disaster relief centers around the state.

"They know how to help, they know what to do and more importantly, they know how to nurture and hold hands for people who need that assistance because this is an emotional as well as a physical crisis for families," Perdue added.

But for some, including Sager, the relief center is a starting point. Sager is renting out the property that was ravaged by the storm and the means she doesn't qualify for FEMA money.

For homeowners, renters and business owners who do not qualify for FEMA, there are other organizations that may be able to help. For more information about disaster aid, click here.

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