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FEMA specialists offer mitigation tips Jan. 22-Feb. 1 in Calabash

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Disaster survivors can get tips and advice on how to rebuild stronger against storm damage Jan. 22 through Feb. 1 at Ace Calabash Hardware and Home Center at 9030 Beach Drive. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Federal Emergency Management Agency mitigation specialists can answer questions about home repair, making disaster plans, putting together supply kits and the importance of flood insurance.

More mitigation events will be held at home improvement stores in disaster-affected North Carolina counties in coming weeks.

FEMA approved $12.6 million to reimburse the North Carolina Department of Agriculture for Hurricane Florence-related expenses.

The Department of Agriculture requested FEMA Public Assistance funding for emergency protective measures. The money will pay part of the cost for the disposal of poultry killed as a result of Hurricane Florence to lessen the potential health threat they posed.

FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants to state, local and tribal governments, and to certain types of private nonprofits to reimburse for the cost of debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures and permanent repair work to damaged infrastructure.

The program is a source of funding for communities recovering from Hurricane Florence. The state works with FEMA during all phases of the PA program.

FEMA’s PA is a cost-sharing program, which reimburses applicants no less than 75 percent of eligible costs; the remainder is covered by the state.

FEMA’s share for this project is more than $9.4 million. The federal portion is paid directly to the state, which disburses funds to the agencies, local governments and nonprofits that incurred costs.

For more information on North Carolina’s recovery from Hurricane Florence, go to ncdps.gov/Florence and FEMA.gov/Disaster/4393. Follow on Twitter via @NCEmergency and @FEMARegion4.