RALEIGH, N.C. -- Hurricane Irene survivors have only a few more days to visit disaster recovery centers in Columbia, Halifax and Swan Quarter. The centers are open weekdays 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. through Friday, Oct. 21.
Once the centers close, help is still just a telephone call away.
Survivors needing assistance can call the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s helpline at 800-621-3362.
Disaster recovery centers are set up to provide the most efficient and effective service to survivors. North Carolina Emergency Management and FEMA 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, the status of their applications and questions about letters they may have received from FEMA. The centers also provide advice about strengthening homes. Specialists can help with applications for Small Business Administration disaster loans.
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.