RALEIGH, N.C. – Two disaster recovery centers have opened in Bertie and Craven counties to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by Tropical Storm Nicole.
The new centers will be located in Windsor and New Bern. Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, North Carolina Division of Emergency Management and other agencies will be available to explain assistance programs and help survivors apply for disaster aid.
The new centers will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Saturday.
The centers are located at the following addresses:
Bertie County Council on Aging
103 W. School St.
Craven County Courthouse
Old Jail, second floor
411 Craven St.
Assistance can include grants for rental assistance and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help recover from the effects of the disaster.
Survivors should register with FEMA before going to a recovery center, either online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362)/ (TTY) 800-462-7585 for those with speech and hearing disabilities. Help in all languages is available.
Once registered, staff at the recovery center can answer questions about an application for disaster assistance or review information needed to process it. Recovery specialists also can provide contacts for other programs that may be able to help.
U.S. Small Business Administration representatives will be at the recovery centers to answer any questions about the SBA low-interest disaster loan program for homeowners, renters, businesses and private nonprofit organizations. These loans are to repair or replace real estate and/or personal property damaged by the storm and flooding.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.