Governor Roy Cooper today urged all North Carolina residents and businesses affected by Hurricane Matthew to register with FEMA by the Monday, January 23 deadline.
“Many families and small businesses in central and eastern North Carolina are still on the road to recovery from Hurricane Matthew, and we’re here to help,” Gov. Cooper said. “If you’ve been affected by the storm, be sure to register with FEMA, even if you think insurance may cover your losses.”
Registering with FEMA is the first step toward finding out if you are eligible for federal financial assistance. Hurricane Matthew survivors may be eligible for financial assistance from FEMA, but they must first submit applications for low-interest disaster loans via the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Federal assistance could come in the form of grants to help pay for temporary housing, emergency home repairs or for other disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental services, transportation and funeral costs. Funding assistance also may be available through the SBA, which provides homeowners, renters and business owners with very low-interest loans to rebuild and repair damaged property and replace essential belongings.
To register by the January 23 deadline, North Carolinians affected by Hurricane Matthew should:
Visit DisasterAssistance.gov, or
Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 for voice, 711 and Video Relay Service. Deaf, hard of hearing or those who use a TTY, call 800-462-7585, or
Apply via the FEMA Mobile App.
Cooper also reminded those who have already registered with FEMA to stay in touch with the organization. "Notify FEMA immediately if there are any changes in your address or phone number, because missing or incorrect information could delay your home inspection or assistance," Cooper urged.
For more information on North Carolina’s recovery from Hurricane Matthew, visit fema.gov/disaster/4285 and readync.org. Follow FEMA on Twitter at @femaregion4 and North Carolina Emergency Management at @NCEmergency.