RALEIGH, N.C. -- Hurricane Irene survivors have until 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, to visit SBA disaster centers in eastern North Carolina.
After Friday, survivors can still get help by calling the SBA Disaster Customer Service Center toll-free number: 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 at www.sba.gov.
The centers, where specialists assist survivors in completing their low-interest disaster loan applications for the Small Business Administration, are in Buxton, Chocowinity, Grantsboro, Manteo and New Bern.
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
Dare County Center
950 Marshall C. Collins Dr. Room 103
Manteo, NC 27954
46830 Hwy 12
Buxton, NC 27920
Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday.
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 the Federal Emergency Management Agency 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. The deadline for returning the SBA loan application is Nov. 30.
People with storm losses are encouraged to register with FEMA. The deadline is Nov. 30. Here are ways to register:
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.