RALEIGH, N.C. -- To help survivors with property damage and other setbacks from Hurricane Irene, a short-term disaster recovery center will open in Wilson at noon on Thursday, Sept. 29.
The center is located at:
The Old Vester Toyota Building
900-C U.S. Highway 301 North
Wilson, N.C. 27893
The Wilson center will be open for four days -- Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Representatives from North Carolina Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration and other agencies will be at the center to explain assistance programs, help survivors apply for disaster aid or check on the status of an application.
Survivors are encouraged to register with FEMA for help or information regarding assistance before visiting a center. There are three ways to register:
- 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 also open in Chocowinity, Columbia, Grantsboro, Greenville, Halifax, Hobucken, Jacksonville, Kinston, Manteo, Morehead City, New Bern, Swan Quarter, Williamston (closes Oct. 3), Windsor (closes Sept. 30) and Winton. A complete list of disaster recovery centers is available through the Hurricane Irene tab 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.