FEMA Gives Update On Disaster Relief
Last updated 10/5/2021 at 1:37pm
As of Sept. 26, FEMA has approved $40,443 in disaster relief assistance to Transylvania County house-holds impacted by tropical storm Fred.
At last week’s regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting, representatives from both FEMA and the Small Business Admin-istration (SBA) gave an update to county commissioners on disaster relief funding.
As of last week, 87 households registered for disaster assistance through FEMA in the county, and 385 households in Buncombe, Haywood and Transylvania counties combined. FEMA has approved $1.83 million in assistance to the three counties.
FEMA and the SBA want to get the word out for any households who think they may qualify for assistance to apply as soon as possible through the two organizations.
FEMA’s John Boyle said it is not possible for the agency to “make people whole,” but their role is to be a part of the bigger solution to provide households with relief following disasters.
Boyle said insurance is the first line of defense for homeowners who received damage from Fred’s flooding, but that FEMA can help uninsured and underinsured people.
After Boyle, a representative from the SBA spoke to encourage people to apply for the organization’s recovery loans for homeowners, renters, businesses, non-profits and faith-based organizations.
The representative said that while the organization is known for helping small businesses, individual renters and homeowners also qualify for their disaster assistance loans. The deadline to apply for the SBA’s disaster loans is Nov. 8 for homeowners and renters, and for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) for businesses it is June 8, 2022.
The SBA has the ability to cover areas FEMA does not, so all FEMA applicants are encouraged to apply for SBA funding, as well.
The SBA has opened a Business Recovery Center at Blue Ridge Community College to provide businesses and residents with assistance in submitting a disaster loan application open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.
To apply for FEMA disaster relief call (800) 621-3362 or visit http://www.femadisasterassistance.gov. For more information on SBA disaster assistance loans, call (800) 659-2955 or visit http://www.assistance .sba.gov/ELA or visit the Business Recovery Center at BRCC.
In other news at last week’s BOC meeting:
•Commissioners approved moving forward with the agreement with the U.S. Marshal’s Service to house federal inmates at the Transylvania County Detention Center. The USMS will pay a rate of $80 per day per inmate housed, and the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office has agreed to set aside 25 beds from the 114 total beds available at the detention center (20 for males and 25 for females.)
The current average daily population in the detention center is 47 inmates, and TCSO Capt. Jeremy Queen said the contract is expected to generate around $584,000 in annual revenue if the detention center averages around 80% capacity.
•Commissioners app-roved the Board of Education to move forward with the Phase 2 examination of purchasing property at 355 Main St. in Rosman. The purchase price for the property is $100,000 to serve the temporary needs of a construction project with the long-term use as an athletics building.
•Commissioners approved a declaration approving September 2021 as Preparedness Month in Transylvania County.
•Commissioners app-roved a partnership with the Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas to conduct the Veterans Day Ceremony.
•Commissioners app-roved the Transylvania County Public Transportation System Safety Plan.
The next Transylvania County Board of Commissioners meeting will take place Oct. 11 at 4 p.m.