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When Disaster Recovery Centers Close, Help is a Phone Call Away

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May 24, 2011
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RALEIGH, N.C. – Disaster Recovery Centers that were opened within days of the April 16 tornadoes will be closing this week.  A mobile unit will continue to serve areas for short-term stays where additional service needs have been identified.

The centers are staffed by N.C. Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency recovery specialists and U.S. Small Business Administration representatives to provide in-person help for people who want to register for disaster assistance, check on their applications, complete disaster loan applications or learn about ways to rebuild safer and stronger to reduce the impact of future storms.

“We will continue reaching counties where help is still needed with FEMA’s mobile units with an eye on the June 20 deadline to apply for disaster help,” said Doug Hoell, the state’s Director of Emergency Management. “Keep in mind a visit to a recovery center is an option, not a necessity. You can call the  FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362.”

FEMA’s mobile unit will make three-day stops in Sampson, Lee and Bladen counties through June 2.

The Bertie, Cumberland, Robeson and Wake centers will close at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 26. Until then, they are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at the following locations.

Bertie County

Colerain Community Building

106 W. Academy St.

Colerain, NC 27924

Cumberland County

Department of Social Services, 1st Floor Conference Room D

1225 Ramsey St.

Fayetteville, NC 28301

Robeson County

Former Department of Social Services Building

435 Caton Road

Lumberton, NC 28360


Wake County

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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