Press Release: Buncombe County Receives Federal Disaster Declaration

September 9, 2021

For Immediate Release

Sept. 8, 2021

Buncombe County Receives Federal Disaster Declaration

On Sept. 8, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden Jr., granted a Major Disaster Declaration for the state of North Carolina triggering the release of federal funds to help people and communities recover from the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred that occurred Aug. 16-18, 2021. 

“This federal disaster declaration will help provide assistance for our Buncombe communities that were hit hard by the storm,” said Emergency Services Director Taylor Jones. The remnants of Tropical Storm Fred moved through Buncombe County on Aug. 17. The area experienced the heaviest rainfall in 50 years resulting in devastating flooding and damage to multiple businesses, homes, farmland, and public structures.

Residents and businesses who sustained losses can begin applying for assistance by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing or speech impaired. Individuals may also access assistance via the FEMA app.

Please note that damages previously reported through the Buncombe County Storm Damage Hotline were for damage assessment purposes only, to determine if we met the criteria for a declaration. Anyone seeking FEMA assistance must now apply directly to FEMA. We are still waiting to see if the North Carolina Legislature will appropriate funding to assist with repairs to private culverts and bridges. 

El condado de Buncombe ha recibido una declaración federal de desastre: los residentes y las empresas que sufrieron pérdidas pueden comenzar a solicitar asistencia registrándose en línea en https://www.DisasterAssistance.gov/es, llamando al 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) o, en caso de dificultades auditivas o del habla, contactando al 1-800-462-7585 (TYY).  Las denuncias de daños realizadas con anterioridad a la línea directa del condado de Buncombe para la atención por daños provocados por tormentas se llevaron a cabo para evaluar su alcance y determinar si cumplíamos los criterios para una declaración.  Las personas que necesiten la asistencia de la Agencia Federal de Gestión de Emergencias (FEMA, en inglés) ahora deben solicitársela a la agencia de forma directa.

В округе Банкомб объявлено федеральное стихийное бедствие - жители и предприятия, понесшие убытки, могут подавать заявки на помощь, зарегистрировавшись на сайте http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov или позвонив по телефону 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) или 1-800-462-7585 (TYY) для лиц с нарушениями слуха или речи.  Повреждения, о которых ранее сообщалось по Горячей линии для пострадавших от урагана в округе Банкомб, предназначались для оценки ущерба, чтобы определить, соответствуем ли мы критериям для объявления федерального стихийного бедствия.  Любой, кому необходима помощь от FEMA, должен теперь обратиться непосредственно к ним.