RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina disaster recovery centers have new Sunday hours.
Beginning Sunday, Sept. 18, all recovery centers will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Operating hours for Monday through Saturday will continue to be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, North Carolina Division of Emergency Management and other agencies are at the centers to explain assistance programs and help survivors apply for disaster aid.
There are three ways to register with FEMA:
- Call 800-621-FEMA (3362). Help is available in most languages. 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.
- Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
- Register using a tablet or smartphone by visiting m.fema.gov.
Disaster recovery centers are open in Barco, Buxton (closes Friday), Chocowinity, Columbia, Grantsboro, Greenville, Halifax, Jacksonville, Kinston, Manteo, Morehead City, New Bern, Plymouth, Snow Hill, Swan Quarter and Tarboro (closes Monday). 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.
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.
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.