Gov. Bev Perdue today issued a disaster declaration for Davidson and Randolph counties following the severe weather and tornadoes that struck on the evening of Nov. 16.
"I will make sure that any possible aid is provided to those who suffered damages from the tornadoes and other severe weather," Gov. Perdue said. "It is critical that we help get our fellow North Carolinians back in their homes and their businesses back to normal as soon as possible."
The declaration allows the Governor to make available individual assistance for victims of the storms, typically in the form of grants for housing and other essential needs, up to a maximum of $30,400. State officials will be opening a disaster recovery center in the coming days where storm victims can apply for assistance.
Gov. Perdue dispatched a letter Friday asking for assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration. That federal agency can provide low interest loans for homeowners, renters and businesses that suffered damage from the storms.
The storms that rolled across the state that evening caused two fatalities and damaged dozens of homes in the two counties. Davidson County declared a local state of emergency that evening, and Randolph County did the same the following day. On Nov. 18, damage assessment teams from the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management and the SBA assisted local officials in both counties in determining the extent of the damage. Those assessments did not meet the threshold for a presidential disaster declaration, but Gov. Perdue proceeded with a state declaration and is awaiting action by the SBA.