RALEIGH, N.C. -- Disaster recovery centers opened Saturday in Bladen and Harnett counties to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by recent storms and tornadoes. Centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week at the following addresses:
Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center
450 Smith Circle
Elizabethtown, NC 28337
East Pointe Village Shopping Center
1165 E. Cumberland St., Suite 106
Dunn, NC 28334
Recovery centers opened earlier this week in Bertie, Cumberland, Johnston, Lee and Wake counties. More centers will open soon in other counties designated for assistance.
Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, North Carolina Division of Emergency Management and other agencies are available to explain assistance programs and help survivors apply for disaster aid. Recovery specialists also help disaster survivors get in touch with other programs that may be able to help.
Before going to a center, people with storm losses should register with FEMA online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with speech or hearing impairment may call (TTY) 800-462-7585. Help is available in most languages. Help is available at the disaster recovery centers for all storm survivors.
Persons affected by the storms can also apply for federal assistance directly through a web-enabled mobile device or smartphone. Visit m.fema.gov and follow the link to “apply online for federal assistance.”
Federal Disaster Assistance can include grants for rental assistance and home repairs, low-cost loans from the Small Business Administration to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help recover from the effects of the disaster.
Disaster Recovery Centers are also open in the following counties:
Colerain Community Building
106 W. Academy St.
Colerain, NC 27924
Department of Social Services
1st Floor Conference Room D
1225 Ramsey St.
Fayetteville, NC 28301
McSwain Agricultural Center
2420 Tramway Road
Sanford, NC 27332
The Herald Building
125 S. 4th St.
Smithfield, NC 27577
Chavis Heights Community Center
505 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Raleigh, NC 27601
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.