RALEIGH, N.C. -- Hurricane Irene survivors have four more days to visit disaster recovery centers in Barco, Plymouth and Snow Hill. The centers will close Saturday at 7 p.m.
Disaster recovery centers provide survivors with:
- Housing assistance and rental resource information
- Information about their applications for FEMA assistance
- Help with understanding letters from FEMA
- Information about SBA's disaster loan programs and help completing the loan application
- Multilingual assistance
- Advice about strengthening their homes
The centers are set up to provide survivors with the most efficient and effective service. North Carolina Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency monitor activity at all centers. When the needs of a certain area are met, the centers are closed.
Survivors who still require assistance may call the FEMA helpline (800-621-3362) or visit any other disaster recovery center. Other centers remain open Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Chocowinity, Columbia, Grantsboro, Greenville, Halifax, Hobucken, Jacksonville, Kinston, Manteo, Morehead City, New Bern, Swan Quarter, Williamston (closes Oct. 3) and Windsor (closes Sept. 30).
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 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.