Need assistance or want to help?
The Daily Reflector
Friday, October 14, 2016
State, local and federal officials together with community groups are taking initial steps to recovery by registering people for assistance, offering replacement food stamps, establishing donation collection sites and other measures.
If you need assistance in Hurricane Matthew’s wake, or if you would like to volunteer or donate, check out the lists below.
SHARE EVENT: Pitt County Schools north of the river are hosting a share event at Wellcome Middle School Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Families of students affected by flooding can pick up free supplies and free hot dogs will be served. Donations of the following items can be taken to any public school north of the river before the event: prepacked or canned food, bottled water, school supplies, cleaning supplies, toiletries, gently used furniture, linens, bagged and sorted clothes, school uniforms and items for babies and kids. Large items should be dropped off at Wellcome Middle School, 3101 N. Memorial Drive, Friday between 4 and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday between 7:15 and 9 a.m.
FOOD STAMPS: The Pitt County Department of Social Services will taking applications for replacement food stamps its offices at 203 Government Circle beginning Monday.
The replacement food stamps are for current recipients who lost power and suffered a food loss during Hurricane Matthew. Recipients have 10 days from the date of food loss to apply. They must complete an affidavit as part of the process.
Currently there is no emergency assistance available to aid other individuals with food replacement, DSS Director Jan Elliott said.
Recipients who can't reach the social services office or one of the shelter sites can call 252-902-1110 or 252-902-1111 so staff can record their basic information, ensuring they meet the 10-day deadline. The affidavit can then be completed and signed later.
HOT FOOD WAIVER: Residents receiving food and nutrition assistance can temporarily purchase hot food items from supermarkets starting Saturday, the state Department of Health and Human Services announced.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the state’s request for a hot food waiver in all 100 counties, allowing food stamps recipients to purchase hot food prepared for immediate consumption from authorized electronic benefits transfer retailers.
Typically these foods are not eligible for purchase using food stamps, but with Hurricane Matthew and its subsequent flooding people are displaced from their homes so the waiver will allow them to secure hot meals.
The waiver will continue until Nov. 14.
DONATION SITES: Pitt County has two collection sites for individuals who want to donate supplies, one at Mount Pleasant Christian Church, 1826 Staton House Road, and the other Taft Office Supply, 2561 Mill St., Winterville. The sites will be open 9 a.m.-4 p.m., said County Manager Scott Elliott. Right now the sites are for donations only but will eventually be set up for distribution.
Needed supplies include bottled water, washcloths and towels, diapers, wipes and baby formula, blankets, toys and children’s games, non-perishable food items and sanitation supplies such as mops, brooms, bleach, etc.
FEMA REGISTRATION: Homeowners, renters and business owners can register for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by downloading the FEMA mobile app, or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). For people using TTY, the number is 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers will operate from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Operators are standing by to assist callers in multiple languages.
FEMA grants assistance for homeowners and renters can include funds to help with rent, temporary housing and home repairs to their primary residences.
Assistance for other serious disaster-related needs, such as personal and necessary items, moving and storage expenses, transportation, medical and dental expenses, or funeral and burial reinternment costs caused by the disaster also is available. Other relief programs include crisis counseling and legal assistance.
Individuals should also contact their insurance company to file an insurance claim. FEMA is unable to duplicate insurance payments. However, those without insurance or who may be under-insured may still receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.
BUSINESS ASSISTANCE: National and state resources available to help businesses and organizations that need recovery assistance include.
• The North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office, http://www.hpo.ncdcr.gov, provides technical preservation services to owners of historic buildings. Its Greenville office is located 117 W. Fifth St.; telephone number is 252-830-6580.
• The Small Business Administration, https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/, provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters. SBA disaster loans can be used to repair or replace items damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster: real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and inventory and business assets.
ARTISTS: Artists can receive assistance replacing materials and supplies by applying to the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, http://craftemergency.org. The fund provides emergency grants and loans to craft artists and maintains resources for emergency readiness and recovery for artists in all disciplines.
VOLUNTEER: Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Greenville’s volunteer coordinator at 329-4164 and Pitt County’s volunteer coordinator at 902-3976.
GRIFTON OUTREACH: Grifton Mission Ministries and Grifton First Baptist Church will join together to assist Grifton residents during the flood and recovery process.
• Hot meals will be served at the Grifton Depot noon-2 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. daily. Residents affected by the flood can get food, cleaning supplies and other necessities at Grifton Mission Ministries, 6499 Highland Ave.
• Meals or supplies will be delivered to anyone whose name and address is provided to a volunteer at the Depot or Grifton Mission Ministries.
SUPPLIES AVAILABLE: Anointed Ones Church of Deliverance, 4271 Edge Road, Ayden, will serve as a Hurricane Matthew disaster relief distribution center from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Food, cleaning supplies, hygiene items, blankets and mattresses will be available while supplies last.
JUNIOR WOMEN OUTREACH: Junior Women’s Assistance of Greenville has established a website, http://www.jwagreenville.org/hurricane-matthew-relief/ , to collect donations and distribute supplies to aid in the recovery process. Anyone requesting relief assistance can fill out a form asking members of the household and a description of their needs. Individuals in need of assistance who do not have internet access can call 252-565-7455.
WANT TO HELP?
Volunteer resource coordinators
• Pitt County: 252-902-3976 or online registration. The county also has established two donation centers (see list item below).
• Greenville: 252-329-4164
- Donate to the North of the River Schools Share Event, which will be held at Wellcome Middle School Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations of the following items can be taken to any public school north of the river before the event: prepacked or canned food, bottled water, school supplies, cleaning supplies, toiletries, gently used furniture, linens, bagged and sorted clothes, school uniforms and items for babies and kids. Large items should be dropped off at Wellcome Middle School, 3101 N. Memorial Drive, Friday between 4 and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday between 7:15 and 9 a.m.
- Volunteer with the American Red Cross, Pitt County chapter. Call 1-800-768-8048 to find out more.
- Greene Central High School shelter is in need of supplies. People are walking into the shelter from floodwaters. Current needs are: Individual snacks, apples, oranges, breakfast pop tarts, personal items and socks of all sizes. Contact Jeanine at the GC Shelter for specific needs at 919-922-2243.
- Habitat for Humanity of Pitt County is collecting supplies for local shelters. Needed items include: pillows and pillow cases, blankets, sleeping bags, towels, washcloths, undergarments, socks, bottled water, toiletries, paper towels, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, baby supplies (diapers, wipes, baby food, etc.), medical supplies (adhesive bandages, antibacterial cream, eye drops, etc.), and games and activities for children. Donations can be dropped off at Habitat for Humanity’s Greenville office, 210 E. 14th St. Enter through back dock area. Contact the organization at (252) 329-8364 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Junior Women’s Association of Greenville has partnered with the Red Cross and has organized drop off locations for donations, which will be taken to a pick-up location for people in need of daily essentials and supplies. Donation items needed: Diapers (all sizes), formula, snacks, bottled water, juice boxes or Capri Suns, feminine hygiene items, toothbrushes and toothpaste, other hygiene items, clean linens and towels, pillows, cleaning supplies, kids toys (must be new). Drop off donations at (1) Monkee’s, 698 E. Arlington Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday; (2) Aldridge & Southerland, 226 Commerce St., from 8:30 a.m. to p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday; (3) Signsmith, 1709 Evans St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; (4) Ribeyes Steakhouse, 1909 E. Fire Tower Road, from 4:30-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4:30-10 p.m. Friday and noon to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (donors will receive coupon for a free skewer of shrimp with the purchase on an entree); and (5) Truly Yours, 403 Evans St., from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday (donors will receive a 30 percent off coupon valid for one week). For questions or more information, contact JWA at 252-565-7455 or visit their Hurricane Matthew relief webpage.
- New Dimensions Community Church, 1700 W. Sixth St., is accepting drop-offs of the following items: Gallon Ziploc bags, baby items (diapers, wipes, food, formula, etc.), water, washcloths and towels, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, flashlights, first aid supplies, can openers (not electric), blankets, shampoo and conditioner, combs and brushes, hair ties, lotion, deodorant and socks. All items should be new and pre-packaged. Contact Adeea Rogers at 252-917-2018 from noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
- Pitt County has established two community donation centers, one at Mount Pleasant Christian Church, 1726 Staton House Road, Greenville, and the other at Taft Family Offices, 2561 Mills St., Winterville, directly across from the police station. Both locations will open beginning Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Currently, the items most needed are: Washcloths and towels; bottled water; diapers, wipes and baby formula; blankets; toys and children’s games; non-perishable food items; and sanitation supplies (mops, brooms, bleach, etc.).
- Help the Pitt County Animal Shelter, which has set up a temporary emergency shelter for those that need to evacuate their animals from the flood. It is located at the Farmers Market, 4560 County Home Road. They are in need of supplies such as puppy pads, cat litter and dry dog and cat food. Call 252-902-1726 to learn more about their needs before you go. See story here.