RALEIGH, N.C. -- Hurricane Irene survivors will continue to be served when the disaster recovery centers in Chocowinity, Grantsboro and New Bern become SBA disaster loan outreach centers on Monday, Nov. 7.
Representatives from the Small Business Administration will be available at the centers to assist survivors in completing their low-interest disaster loan applications and answer questions about the loan program. Federal Emergency Management Agency staff will remain at the centers to help with disaster-related questions.
The FEMA disaster recovery centers will close Friday, Nov. 4, and will reopen on Monday, Nov. 7, as SBA disaster loan outreach centers. The locations are:
Mid-Atlantic Safety Council
2871 Hwy 17 South
Chocowinity, NC 27817
Former Eckerd Drug Store
710 Degraffenreid Ave.
New Bern, NC 28560
Grantsboro Town Hall
10628 Hwy 55
Grantsboro, NC 28529
Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The center at Grantsboro will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 8, for county elections, and Friday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day. The other two centers will close on Veterans Day. All three centers will cease operation on Thursday, Nov. 17, at close of business.
For many people, a completed SBA loan application is necessary to be considered for some types of federal financial disaster assistance. Homeowners and renters who register with FEMA and receive SBA loan applications must complete and return them to be considered for FEMA and state assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses. People with home-based businesses or rental property affected by the hurricane may also be eligible for SBA loans.
The SBA Disaster Customer Service Center toll-free number is 800-659-2955 or (TTY) 800-877-8339. Help is also available by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by going online
Before going to a center, people with storm losses are encouraged to register with FEMA. The deadline is Nov. 30. Here are ways to register:
- Call 800-621-FEMA (3362) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Assistance is available in most languages. People who have a speech disability or are deaf or hard of hearing may call (TTY)
- Go online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
- Go to m.fema.gov with a tablet or smartphone.
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.