RALEIGH, N.C. -- Hurricane Irene survivors can get help with the SBA loan application process when the disaster recovery center in Manteo becomes an SBA disaster loan outreach center on Thursday, Nov. 10.
Representatives of the Small Business Administration will be available at the center to assist survivors in completing their low-interest disaster loan applications and answer questions about the loan program. A Federal Emergency Management Agency specialist also will be available to answer questions about disaster assistance.
The FEMA disaster recovery center will cease operation at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, and will reopen Nov. 10 as an SBA disaster loan outreach center. The location is:
Dare County Center
950 Marshall C. Collins Dr., Room 103
Manteo, NC 27954
Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until further notice. The center will be closed Friday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day.
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.
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.