U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC) is visiting communities in eastern North Carolina this week to survey damage from Hurricane Irene. Today, Hagan visited New Bern, where she received a briefing on recovery efforts from the Craven County commissioners and emergency managers. Hagan also visited the volunteer coordination center for the American Red Cross and Baptist Men, where volunteers are preparing food and distributing supplies.
"In New Bern today, I saw significant property damage, but I also saw a strong commitment from local officials, emergency workers and community volunteers to getting the town back on its feet," Hagan said. "The Red Cross workers and Baptist Men that I met today are doing a tremendous job of bringing relief to members of the community. As our communities work to recover from the storm, I want North Carolinians to know they can contact my office for updated information, support and assistance, including help with the federal claim-filing process. I am working with the Governor's office, the White House, and emergency managers on the ground to ensure the federal government provides needed assistance to North Carolina."
This evening, Hagan will travel to Washington, North Carolina to assess damage and hear about the community's relief efforts. Hagan will continue her tour of hurricane-affected areas tomorrow at East Carolina University, Columbia and Manteo.
Individuals seeking assistance with hurricane recovery should contact Senator Hagan's office at 877-852-9462 ext. 13. To contact FEMA disaster assistance call 800-621-3362 or visit disasterassistance.gov.