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3 Step Guide for Assistance -- All Affected Should Apply for Assistance

(800) 621-FEMA / TTY (800) 462-7585
3 Step Guide for Assistance




RALEIGH, N.C. – Thousands recovering from the April16 tornadoes have been helped, but many more may be eligible for disaster assistance from North Carolina and FEMA.

FEMA disaster assistance helps fill the gaps in disaster recovery, even for those who get insurance payouts or other assistance. There are many reasons people don’t register for disaster assistance, but these are among the top:

Won’t my insurance cover all my losses?

You may be eligible for help with uninsured or underinsured losses, including damage to wells and septic systems.

If you’re still waiting for a visit from an insurance adjuster, or for an insurance settlement, go ahead and apply for assistance. Ensure you do so by the FEMA June 20 filing deadline.

Promptly make necessary repairs to make your house livable and be sure to keep papers and receipts for all work.

Will FEMA assistance reduce my other benefits?

Disaster assistance grants are not taxable income and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid, welfare assistance, food stamps, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Aid to Families with Dependent Children.

Do I make too much money to apply for FEMA assistance?

Most federal and state disaster assistance programs are available to individuals of all income levels. The kinds of help provided depend on the applicant's circumstances and unmet needs. The aid is to help individuals and communities come back as quickly as possible from a disaster.

Did I sustain enough damage?

The damage caused by the tornadoes, strong winds and heavy rains – and the costs associated with repairs or rebuilding – may not be apparent for several weeks. By registering with FEMA now, you may be covered for those damages that are discovered later.

Anyone in the designated counties can register for disaster assistance by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) (TTY 800-462-7585) or going online to www.disasterassistance.gov.

The North Carolina counties under the disaster declaration for Individual Assistance are Bertie, Bladen, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Onslow, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Wake and Wilson.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.  If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.


FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.