December 30, 2016

FEMA deadline for hurricane assistance is Jan. 9

The registration deadline for FEMA assistance for Dare and Hyde county residents who had damage from Hurricane Matthew is coming up – Monday, Jan. 9.

Some may not want to register because others have more damage. That doesn’t matter – everyone is eligible to register.

You may register for assistance online or by phone - visit or call 1-800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585.

It is very important for disaster survivors to register with FEMA as they may be eligible for disaster assistance such as temporary housing, rental assistance and home repairs, and for other serious disaster-related needs, such as repairing or replacing damaged or destroyed personal property, and medical and dental expenses. Business owners impacted by the storm should register as well.

All private nonprofits are encouraged to apply for FEMA Public Assistance if they experienced losses related to Hurricane Matthew. Click here for more information.

For more information about Hurricane Matthew recovery in Dare County including links to the latest press releases from FEMA, visit

At a recent Board of Commissioners meeting, County Manager Bobby Outten  reported that some citizens have received denial letters from FEMA after submitting applications for assistance. He explained that in some cases denial letters were sent because of missing or inaccurate information.

He encourages anyone receiving a denial letter to follow up with FEMA rather than getting discouraged and throwing the letter away.

According to FEMA, as of Dec. 29, the agency had paid out $1,181,104.94 to 1,073 Dare County applicants.

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