RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY) — Residents in North Carolina who suffered damage during Hurricane Florence in September have through today to apply for disaster assistance.
Gov. Roy Cooper has urged residents this week to apply for help with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). More than $1 billion in state and federal resources were approved to aid storm victims in North Carolina.
Cooper said in a statement, “We’re working hard to rebuild North Carolina stronger and smarter from the storm, and taking the time to register with FEMA is a key step for families working to recover.”
Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane on Sept. 14, 2018, bringing with it damaging flooding and 10-foot storm surge. The storm was eventually blamed for dozens of deaths across North Carolina.
Residents and businesses that suffered losses during the storm can register with FEMA a handful of different ways.
- Calling the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.
- Visiting DisasterAssistance.gov.
- Downloading the FEMA mobile app.
Those who register with FEMA can be eligible for a number of assistance programs:
- Individual Assistance – Helps pay for losses not covered by insurance for things like basic repairs, rental assistance and replacing personal property.
- Housing Help – Includes temporary housing in hotels, apartments, travel trailers and manufactured housing.
- Low Interest Loans – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low interest loans to homeowners, renters and businesses.
More information about North Carolina’s recovery efforts from Florence can be found at this link.