Title: Oral History Interview with Steve Holland, December 16, 1999. Interview K-0510.
Interviewer: Thompson, Charles
Interviewee: Holland, Steve
Subjects: Hurricane Floyd, 1999 Floods--North Carolina Disaster relief--North Carolina Pender County (N.C.) Hurricane Fran, 1996 Swine--North Carolina Holland, Steve United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency
Abstract: In this interview, Steve Holland, Republican county commissioner and businessman in Pender County, North Carolina, describes the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd. His business, a store and restaurant, was destroyed, and although the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) denied his application for aid money, he is still waiting for adequate compensation from the Small Business Administration (SBA). Holland seems angry about the red tape he and other Pender County residents encountered as they tried to piece their lives back together, and rampant fraud supplemented his frustration. He speaks at great length in the interview about his irritation with big government, property taxes, and freeloaders.