North Carolina residents recovering from Hurricane Dorian have one more week to visit one of the two disaster recovery centers on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands. Centers are open in Buxton and Ocracoke so residents can talk with state and federal officials about loans and grants to help them repair and replace storm-damaged property.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) granted Governor Cooper’s request for a disaster declaration in Carteret, Dare, Hyde and New Hanover counties. Residents in the contiguous counties of Beaufort, Brunswick, Craven, Currituck, Jones, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Tyrrell and Washington also may apply for funds. Affected residents can apply in person for low-interest SBA disaster loans at one of the two island centers or may apply online using SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov. For those residents that don’t qualify for an SBA loan, a state-funded grant may be possible.
Recovery centers are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday through October 31; the centers are closed on Sunday.
HYDE – OCRACOKE
Variety Store Parking Lot
950 Irvin Garrish Highway
Ocracoke, NC 27960
Old PNC Bank
47013 Buxton Back Road
Buxton, NC 27920
Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or 1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Loan applications can also be downloaded at DisasterLoan.sba.gov and brought to the recovery centers. Residents with questions about state-funded individual assistance can call 919-825-2378.
The SBA disaster request and state disaster declaration follow FEMA’s denial of North Carolina’s request for Individual Assistance on October 8th.