RALEIGH, N.C. -- Hurricane Irene survivors have less than 30 days to register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Oct. 31 is the deadline to apply for federal grants and return low-interest disaster loan applications from the Small Business Administration.
North Carolina Emergency Management and FEMA urge those who sustained disaster-related losses to register for federal aid, even if they are unsure of their eligibility.
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.
- Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
- Register using your tablet or smartphone by visiting m.fema.gov.
For more information about SBA loan applications, visit www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance or call the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people who are deaf or hard of hearing). Loan application forms can also be downloaded from www.sba.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.