RALEIGH, N.C. -- Due to demand in the area, the disaster recovery center in Buxton on Hatteras Island will be open three additional days to help those with property damage or other setbacks caused by Hurricane Irene.
The Buxton center will continue its 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. operating hours and will close Friday, Sept. 16, at
7 p.m. The center is located at The Fessenden Center, 46830 Highway 12, Buxton, N.C. 27920.
Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, North Carolina Division of Emergency Management and other agencies are at the center to explain assistance programs and help survivors apply for disaster aid.
Before going to a disaster recovery center, survivors with storm losses are encouraged to register with FEMA by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. People who have
a speech disability or are deaf or hard of hearing may call (TTY) 800-462-7585; users of 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages.
Persons affected by the storms can also apply for federal assistance with a tablet or smartphone by visiting m.fema.gov.
Disaster recovery centers also are open in Barco, Chocowinity, Columbia, Grantsboro, Greenville, Halifax, Jacksonville, Kinston, Manteo, Morehead City, New Bern, Plymouth, Snow Hill and Swan Quarter. A complete list of disaster recovery centers is available through the Hurricane Irene link at www.nccrimecontrol.org or the FEMA locator at www.fema.gov/drclocator.
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.