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Governor Signs State Disaster Declaration for Counties Affected by Tornado

Press Release:

    RALEIGH: Today Governor Roy Cooper signed a state disaster declaration for counties that suffered damages from the tornado on August 4, making additional assistance available to residents there.

    "Today's state disaster declaration provides more assistance for people whose homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed by the tornado that spun out of Hurricane Isaias," said Governor Cooper.

    The Governor's order authorizes state-funded individual assistance grants for affected residents from Bertie County and the contiguous counties of Chowan, Halifax, Hertford, Martin, Northampton and Washington. This comes in addition to the low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that became available yesterday when it granted the Governor's request for an SBA disaster declaration.

    A disaster recovery center will open in Windsor in Bertie County on Monday, for survivors to apply for SBA Disaster Loans and state assistance. Residents needing assistance should call 252-794-6144, to make an appointment, so that social distancing can be maintained in the recovery center.

    Residents may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA's secure website at or via telephone at 202-803-3307 or 470-363-5936.

    SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans are also available to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available to businesses regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

    Recovery Center Location
    Bertie County Council of Aging Building
    103 School Street
    Windsor, NC 27983

    Recovery Center Hours
    Monday, August 24 – Thursday, September 3
    Weekdays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. / Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    By appointment only call 252-794-614

  • Contact: Ford Porter


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