The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
has approved the state of North Carolina’s request for a 14-day
extension for Hurricane Matthew survivors to apply for federal disaster
assistance. The new deadline is Monday, Jan. 23.
This is the second extension granted to help
those impacted by the hurricane. The state requested more time for
survivors because of a notable dip in registrations during the holiday
season. Additionally, the weekend’s winter storm may have prevented
some people who intended to register from doing so.
The new Jan. 23 deadline to register with FEMA
applies to homeowners, renters and businesses submitting applications
for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business
Gov. Roy Cooper encouraged all those who were
impacted by Hurricane Matthew to register with FEMA, even those who
have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but if you
are underinsured you may receive help after your claim has been settled.
Registration is open to survivors in 45 counties
designated for Individual Assistance, including: Anson, Beaufort,
Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chatham, Chowan, Columbus,
Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene,
Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir,
Martin, Moore, Nash, Northampton, Onslow, Pasquotank, Pender,
Perquimans, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Tyrrell, Wake,
Washington, Wayne and Wilson.
Registering with FEMA is the first step to federal disaster assistance. To register:
- Go online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
- Call the FEMA Helpline
at 800-621-3362 for voice, 711 and Video Relay Service. If
you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a
TTY, call 800-462-7585.
- Download the FEMA Mobile App
- Apply by January 23.
For more information, Hurricane Matthew survivors
can visit one of the three open Disaster Recovery Centers. The centers
are staffed with representatives from FEMA, North Carolina Emergency
Management and SBA. Survivors can get help applying for federal
assistance, learn about the types of assistance available, learn about
the appeals process and get updates about applications. To locate the
center nearest you, call the FEMA Helpline
at 800-621-3362, use the ReadyNC and FEMA mobile apps, or go
online to FEMA.gov/DRC or ReadyNC.org.
Survivors requiring a reasonable accommodation
such as American Sign Language interpreting, Braille, large print, etc.
while visiting a disaster recovery center may call the helpline numbers
for support. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11
p.m., seven days a week. Help is available in most languages, and
information on the registration process is available in ASL at FEMA.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.
For more information on North Carolina’s recovery from Hurricane Matthew, visit the disaster web pages at FEMA.gov/disaster/4285 or ReadyNC.org.