President Obama declared a major disaster for several counties affected by the severe weather events on April 16, 2011. The declaration means federal money for recovery efforts is available. Counties particularly affected by the disaster include Bertie, Bladen, Cumberland, Halifax, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Onslow, Wake, and Wilson. Individuals in these counties will now have monies available from local, state, and federal resources. If you or a loved one needs to apply for assistance, visit the FEMA site to learn how to apply.