FEMA opens storm-relief centers

Published 12:43 am Tuesday, September 6, 2011

FEMA News Release

Hurricane Irene victims who live in eastern North Carolina may be eligible for federal disaster assistance. Victims seeking disaster assistance should apply to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Victims should call 1-800-621-3362 to apply for assistance by telephone. Victims in eastern North Carolina may apply for federal disaster assistance at the following seven locations:

Beaufort County

Mid-Atlantic Safety Council
2871 U.S. Highway 17 South
Chocowinity, NC 27817

Hyde County

Hyde County Department of Social Services
1430 Main St.
Swan Quarter, NC 27885

Tyrrell County

Tyrrell Hall
906 U.S. Highway 64 East
Columbia, NC 27925

Carteret County

Carteret County Health Department
3820 Bridges St., Suite A
Morehead City, NC 28557

Dare County

Dare County Center
950 Marshall C. Collins Drive
Manteo, NC 27954

Halifax County

Halifax Agriculture Building
359 Ferrell Lane
Halifax, NC 27839

Pamlico County

Grantsboro Town Hall
10628 N.C. Highway 55
Grantsboro, NC 28529

After registering with FEMA, every applicant will receive a packet of information regarding his or her request for help. Based on information supplied during registration, applicants may be referred by FEMA to another agency or voluntary organization that may help with emergency food, shelter, clothing or medical needs.

If a homeowner reports damage when registering, a FEMA-contracted inspector will call to make an appointment to meet at the damaged residence. The inspector is there to verify damage to the home and contents. All inspectors have FEMA-issued photo identification and do not ask for personal information or money.

Renters should also expect a call and visit from an inspector who will verify damage to personal property.

If an inspector does not call within 10 days to make an appointment, applicants should call the FEMA helpline at 1-800-621-3362. The helpline is also available for any questions regarding the forms in the packet.

It is important that applicants keep the appointment with the inspector.