Deadline To Register For Disaster Assistance Extended

Dec 12, 2018

Credit Jared Brumbaugh

People in Eastern North Carolina now have until December 19th to register for Hurricane Florence disaster assistance.  

The deadline to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance has been extended to December 19th at 11:59 pm.  On Thursday, Gov. Roy Cooper requested the extension to give North Carolinians more time to apply.


“We want to make sure that our hurricane survivors get the help they need to get their lives back on track,” Gov. Cooper said. “I urge anyone impacted by Hurricane Florence to register with FEMA right away.” 


According to a press release from the Governor's office, more than $1 billion in state and federal resources have already been approved to help North Carolinians hit hard by the storm. That includes FEMA grants, National Flood Insurance Program payments, SBA loans, and other assistance. 


Individuals and businesses with uninsured losses can register with FEMA in several ways:  
•    Call the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY) from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Multilingual operators are available.  
•    Go online to  
•    Download the FEMA mobile app.  
•    Visit a Disaster Recovery Center. To find center locations and hours, go online to, or download the FEMA mobile app or the ReadyNC app.  


People who register with FEMA may be eligible for a number of assistance programs: 
•    Individual Assistance – Helps pay for losses not covered by insurance for things like basic repairs, rental assistance and replacing personal property.  
•     Housing Help - Includes temporary housing in hotels, apartments, travel trailers and manufactured housing.   
•      Low Interest Loans - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low interest loans to homeowners, renters and businesses.