RALEIGH, N.C. -- Hurricane Irene survivors have only a few more days to visit disaster recovery centers in Jacksonville, Kinston and Morehead City. The centers will close Friday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m.
Survivors who still require assistance may call the FEMA helpline at 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, Manteo, New Bern and Swan Quarter.
Disaster recovery centers are set up to provide the most efficient and effective service to survivors. 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.
The centers provide survivors with information about housing assistance, rental resources, applying for Small Business Administration disaster loans and their applications for FEMA assistance. They also provide advice about strengthening homes and help with understanding letters from FEMA.
FEMA takes active steps to ensure that the whole community -- including people with disabilities, seniors and those with limited English proficiency – has the same opportunity to benefit from disaster assistance programs.
The following 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.
- Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
- Register using a tablet or smartphone by visiting 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.