assistance deadline now extended until Nov. 30
wreaked havoc when it hit North Carolina two months ago and disaster
survivors now have more time to get help.
new deadline to register for state and federal disaster assistance is
Carolina Emergency Management asked the Federal Emergency Management
Agency for an extension based on continued registrations indicating
some survivors are still assessing hurricane damage and need more time
to apply for assistance. The new deadline also provides more time to
return applications for low-interest disaster loans from the Small
are a number of state and federal programs to help those with
hurricane-related losses repair their homes, replace damaged property,
and find a place to live while waiting to move back home.
in the 38 designated counties, including Hyde and Dare, must register
with FEMA to get disaster assistance. You can register with FEMA by
calling 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) or going online to
www.DisasterAssistance.gov. You can also register with a tablet or
smartphone at m.fema.gov.
for help from the American Red Cross or other volunteer organization is
not the same as registering with FEMA.
should register with FEMA even if you have insurance or if you got help
from FEMA after an earlier disaster -- the tornadoes in the spring, for
grants may pay rent for a temporary place to live while work is being
done on your home.
disaster assistance may pay for losses not covered by insurance. Most
insurance policies, for example, will not pay to repair a
hurricane-damaged well or septic system.
assistance grants do not affect eligibility for Social Security, food
stamps, or other government assistance programs.
Irene Help Update: Assistance is still available
Hurricane Irene victims is still available from
state and government agencies.
Department of Insurance is offering assistance to residents who are
dissatisfied with the service they have received from insurers and
adjusters for their hurricane-related claims. Included is an insurance
assistance center on Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Salvo.
applying for federal assistance from FEMA is coming up on Oct. 31, and
all of those affected by the storm are urged to register, even if they
are unsure of their eligibility.
public meeting to review state and federal disaster assistance programs
and initiatives is scheduled on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m. at the
Salvo Fire Department. The meeting will include representatives from
the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the North Carolina
Division of Emergency Management (NCDEM). Discussions will
include the Small Business Administration, the National Flood Insurance
Program, hazard mitigation, and temporary housing. FEMA and
representatives will be available to answer any questions from those in
filing for disaster unemployment assistance has been extended to Nov. 1.
whose homes are not habitable after the hurricane can still get
assistance with finding temporary accommodations. Laura Dillard,
housing counselor with the North Carolina Department of Emergency
Management, has relocated from the tri-villages Community Center to
Midgett Realty in Rodanthe.
wants to hear
from individuals and families who need housing and anyone who may be
able to offer temporary, affordable accommodations. She can be reached
at the realty office or by calling 919-812-1402.
Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin said in a release last week that
he “continues to work for North Carolinians amidst concerns that some
residents are dissatisfied with the service they've received from
insurers and adjusters while filing insurance claims related to
through eastern and coastal communities to talk to residents and
officials about their experiences.
direct contact with insurance companies and the National Flood
Insurance Program to put pressure on them to do what's right for
policyholders," Goodwin said. "When it comes to insurance, I will
assist and advocate for the residents of North Carolina in whatever way
has established a series of Insurance Assistance Centers, where people
with insurance questions or complaints can meet with representatives
from the Department of Insurance and the National Flood Insurance
Program in person. People should bring their policy information with
them when requesting assistance.
question or complaint about your claim, we need to hear from you," said
Goodwin. "The more specific information we have from you, the more we
may be able to help."
insurance assistance center will be open on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 9
a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Salvo Volunteer Fire Department.
available by phone during regular business hours, Monday through
Insurance, Consumer Services Division: 800-546-5664 (toll free in North
Carolina) or 919-807-6750. National Flood Insurance Program, Greenville
Claims Center: 252-321-0417.
survivors have less than three weeks to register for disaster
assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Oct. 31 is
deadline to apply for federal grants and return low-interest disaster
loan applications from the Small Business Administration.
Emergency Management and FEMA urge those who sustained disaster-related
losses to register for federal aid, even if they are unsure of their
to register with 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.
online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
your tablet or smart phone by visiting m.fema.gov.
about SBA loan applications, visit www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance
or call the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339
for people who are deaf or hard of hearing). Loan application forms can
also be downloaded from www.sba.gov.
The date to
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) in 35 counties affected by
Hurricane Irene has been extended to Nov. 1.
counties now have until Nov.1 to file: Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick,
Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Currituck, Craven, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe,
Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir,
Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank,
Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell, Vance, Warren, Washington, Wayne
Carolinians back on their feet after this storm remains a priority,”
said Gov. Bev Perdue. “This extension will help many of those who have
not been able to file in the original time frame allowed.”
counties who became unemployed as a direct result of Hurricane Irene
impacting North Carolina may be eligible for unemployment insurance
benefits under the DUA program. Business owners affected by the storm
may also qualify for benefits.
owners meeting the following criteria may be eligible for benefits:
Individuals who are
unemployed due to the disaster, and do not qualify for regular
unemployment insurance benefits
individuals and small business owners who lost income due to the
were prevented from working due to an injury caused by the disaster
have become the major support of a household, because the head of
household died as a direct result of the major disaster.
Individuals who are
unable to reach their job or self-employment location because they must
travel through the affected area and are prevented from doing so by the
were to commence employment or self-employment but were prevented by
There is no
week period to file for benefits. Affected workers can receive benefits
dated back to the week ending Sept. 3.
entirely by the Federal Government.
contact the North Carolina Employment Security Commission by e-mail at [email protected],
or by calling 1-866-795-8877 to apply for DUA benefits.
encouraged to file as soon as possible.