The feasibility of elevating homes in the historic town of Princeville to protect them from future flooding will be studied. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced a grant of over $1.1 million to determine which of 75 homes in Princeville can be raised to protect them. The town experienced severe flooding after 1999’s Hurricane Floyd and 2016’s Hurricane Matthew. The money will cover an engineering and feasibility study on which homes can be raised. There is concern about the structural integrity of many of the homes.

With hurricane season underway June 1, the Federal Emergency Management Agency says now is the time to purchase flood insurance. It takes 30 days from the day you purchase flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program for the policy to take effect, so FEMA suggests thinking about your flood insurance purchase now. While FEMA home repair grants provide basic, emergency assistance, flood insurance covers much more.

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So far, FEMA has provided more than $100 million dollars in housing assistance to individuals in Eastern North Carolina displaced by Hurricane Florence.  Housing assistance includes lodging expense reimbursement, transitional sheltering assistance for people staying in hotels and direct temporary housing in a travel trailer or manufactured housing unit. Last week, FEMA began providing temporary housing units to 10 counties in Eastern North Carolina.  

Whether it’s storm surge models or hurricane warnings and watches, distributing information to the public is top priority during hurricanes or tropical storms.  Local elected officials, weather service offices, the media, and County Emergency Management offices all play an integral role in keeping the public safe during severe weather.  This week, Lee Jenkins examines how county emergency management help keep the public informed before, during and after a storm.