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Public Assistance Applicant Briefing for Bladen on Thursday

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The state of North Carolina has received a federal disaster declaration for Public Assistance Category A thru G for two additional counties — Bladen and Chowan — bringing the total to 28 counties, the Department of Public Safety announced Tuesday.

A meeting is planned for Thursday morning in Elizabethtown for more information about the program. The meeting will be held in Classroom Building Room 1 at 5853 US 701 Highway North from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact Area 5 coordinator Robin Lorenzen at 910-530-5231 or State public assistance coordinator Brian Snell at 984-297-5659.

Houses of Worship owned or operated by private nonprofits organizations may now be eligible applicants for financial assistance for repair or replacement of facilities damaged or destroyed as a result of Hurricane Dorian.

The first step in the process is for all potentially eligible public assistance applicants {e.g. local governments, state agencies, private non-profits, tribal organizations} in declared counties to attend an applicant briefing. At the briefing, potential applicants will receive an overview of the public assistance program/process, any event-specific details, and instructions on how to submit the “Request for Public Assistance (RPA),” including private non-profit documents, the online public assistant grants portal.

The new public assistance grants portal will offer the applicant the opportunity to review, manage, sign (e-signature), submit documentation for project worksheets, and provide full transparency of project status. The request for public assistance is the application required to become an eligible applicant in order to receive reimbursement for eligible response and recovery costs incurred as a direct result of Hurricane Dorian. For those unable to attend the applicant briefing, they may inquire about the public assistance grants portal by emailing

A meeting also is scheduled Thursday in Edenton in Chowan County. It will be at the Chowan County Emergency Operations Center from 10 a.m. until noon. Contact information: Area 1 coordinator: Brian Parnell, 252-340-6325.