RALEIGH, N.C. -- All North Carolina disaster recovery centers are now open Monday through Saturday. The centers are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. to help survivors of Hurricane Irene.
At the centers, representatives from North Carolina Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration and other agencies can explain assistance programs, help survivors apply for disaster aid and answer questions about the status of applications.
Survivors are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. They can use one of these three methods:
- 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.
- Go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
- On a tablet or smartphone, enter m.fema.gov.
Disaster recovery centers are open in Barco (closes Oct. 1), Chocowinity, Columbia, Grantsboro, Greenville, Halifax, Hobucken, Jacksonville, Kinston, Manteo, Morehead City, New Bern, Plymouth (closes Oct. 1), Snow Hill (closes Oct. 1), Swan Quarter, Williamston (closes Oct. 3) and Windsor (closes Sept. 30).
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.