RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that it will close three disaster recovery centers by the end of the week. Five others will remain open.
The centers, which have been in operation since Hurricane Floyd struck last September, are staffed with state and federal program personnel who can help people check on the current status of their applications or better understand what assistance may be available to them. New applications may only be made through the FEMA recovery Hotline at 1-800-462-9029 or TTY 1-800-462-7585.
Recovery centers in Goldsboro, Wayne County; Whiteville, Columbus County; and Windsor in Bertie County will be closing. Shutdown time will be 6 p.m., this Friday, January 21. After that time, applicants for recovery assistance may visit any of the five FEMA sites which remain open or call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-535-0321 or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech or hearing impaired.
The five centers staying open until further notice are the following:
- Edgecombe County
3003 N. Main Street
- Lenoir County
107 S. Queen Street
- Nash County
300 S. W. Main Street
- Pender County
109 S. Wright Street
- Pitt County
Carolina East Center, Suite 10
South Memorial Drive
The disaster recovery centers are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
For those who have not yet applied for disaster assistance in the 66 counties designated as disaster areas by the President, the deadline for registering has been extended to February 17. Call 1-800-462-9029 or TTY 1-800-462-7585 to apply for state/federal assistance to help in the recovery effort.