FEMA advisers offer flood rebuilding tips at stores in East

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – FEMA advisers set up shop at some home improvement stores in Lenoir, Dare and Robeson counties to help residents get started on repairing the damage left behind by Hurricane Matthew.

Cleatrira Simmons said she considers herself blessed even after the storm damaged her home.

“We heard a ‘woof,’ but it was the top of my garage,” said Simmons. “It blew in my garage and some of the shingles were uplifted.”

She said she doesn’t have enough money to get her home repaired, so she’s relying on FEMA.

“I hope I can get someone to get it back on track and fix it,” said Simmons.

FEMA specialists are reaching out to community members, giving them advice and assurance that everything will get back to normal.

Community education outreach specialist David Morgan said if people are rebuilding, they need to build smart.

“(You can) raise your house for example,” said Morgan. “You can elevate your air conditioning unit — get them off the ground…Rebuild using water resistant materials.”

If you plan to visit one of the FEMA locations in Lenoir, Dare and Robeson counties, make sure you bring pictures and paperwork if you have already dealt with FEMA.

Morgan said you don’t have to live in the county FEMA is in to get advice.

If you can’t make it to one of the FEMA locations, you can contact FEMA at 1-800-621-3362.

FEMA advisors will be available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 through Saturday, Dec. 17 at Lowe’s Home Improvement at the following locations:

Robeson County
5060 Fayetteville Road
Lumberton, NC 28358

Lenoir County
4489 Hwy 70 West
Kinston, NC 28504

Dare County
1500 N. Croatan Hwy
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948


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