RALEIGH, N.C. -- There is just one week remaining to register for disaster assistance for losses suffered as a result Tropical Storm Nicole.
Eligible homeowners, renters and businesses in 14 North Carolina counties – Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Camden, Craven, Hertford, Jones, Martin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Pitt, Tyrrell and Washington – must register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency by Dec. 13. That date is also the deadline to submit disaster loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). These loans are available to homeowners and renters as well as to businesses and private nonprofit organizations of all sizes and completing the application is a critical step in the disaster recovery process.
"While many people are already receiving federal disaster assistance, there may be some who still have not registered because they think they don't need help," said Federal Coordinating Officer W. Montague Winfield.
Sometimes flood damage is apparent only later, when mold and mildew spread or when a furnace doesn't work. Even a few inches of water can be harmful.
"We urge you to register and let FEMA determine if your loss and damages qualify," North Carolina Emergency Management Director Doug Hoell said. "If you don't apply by Dec. 13, there may not be any federal assistance available for you."
Registering with FEMA can be done online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 800-462-7585. People who have already registered can call the same number for the Helpline if they have questions or additional information to provide.
The SBA Disaster Customer Service Center toll-free number is 800-659-2955. Help is also available by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by going online at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. Loan applications can be made online at SBA's secure website: disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
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.