EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA -

FEMA has denied Governor Pat McCrory's request to make emergency federal funds available for Eastern North Carolina.

However, Beaufort County Emergency Director John Pack said not having FEMA funds is "not the end of the world."

According to Pack, there are other options for aid that have already been applied for by the Governor.

The governor issued a major disaster declaration after tornadoes ripped through the area in April.

Governor McCrory filed for an application with the Federal Small Business Administration for disaster loans as soon as FEMA denied his request Friday, Pack said.

According to the S.B.A. website, these low interest loans can be used to repair or replace damaged and destroyed items such as your home or personal property.  

Pack said the application will most likely be approved by early next week.

Once legislature approves the S.B.A. loan application the governor plans to ask permission to establish an individual assistance grant program.

Pack said people who are not approved for an S.B.A. loan can apply for the NC individual assistance grant program. These grants can help cover the deposit for items such as an apartment or car.

Pack said this grant is targeted towards low income individuals.

North Carolina is one of the few states that has a state run individual assistance program, Pack said.

Pack said a location for a disaster recovery center will be chosen on Monday. The center will have information on how to apply for programs along with resources from the American Red Cross and the Volunteer Organizations Activated at Disasters.

Pack said all four counties will be setting up a recovery disaster center.

Funds were requested to help residents in Beaufort, Chowan, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties.

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FEMA has denied Governor Pat McCrory's request to make emergency federal funds available for Eastern North Carolina.     

The governor issued a major disaster declaration after tornadoes ripped through the area in April.

Funds were requested to help residents in Beaufort, Chowan, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties.

Congressman G.K. Butterfield disagreed with the decision.

State officials reported more than 500 homes were damaged, including 60 homes that were destroyed.