More than a month after Hurricane Matthew dumped more than a foot of rain in many places, people in dozens of communities in the eastern part of the state are struggling.
Residents of 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 counties who have received damage as a result of Hurricane Matthew can register with FEMA.
Those in need of assistance can call 1-800-621-3362 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (local time) seven days a week or visit DisasterAssistance.gov, enter their address and find out if the area where they live has been declared for individual assistance.
At Disaster Recovery Centers, storm survivors can meet face-to-face with representatives from North Carolina Emergency Management, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration, volunteer groups and other agencies for aid including:
The state has set up a Hurricane Matthew assistance hotline. Dial 211 to speak with a trained call specialist; the service is free, confidential and available in any language.
If you have questions about the insurance claims process or need assistance, you can call the Consumer Services Division of the N.C. Department of Insurance at 1-800-546-5664, your county cooperative extension agent or the N.C. Insurance News Service at 1-800-936-7475.
Events such as the flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew commonly result in the loss of important documents. North Carolinians can use the following resources to replace lost or damaged documents and records.
Contact your county Department of Social Services: 1-866-719-0141
Replace your EBT card: 888-622-7328
Order new birth, death, marriage certificates: 919-733-3000
Replace vehicle titles: 919-715-7000
Replace a Medicare card: 800-772-1213
Replace a Green Card: 800-375-5283
Replace a U.S. Passport: 877-487-2778
FEMA is working closely with individual aid applicants to tailor housing solutions. Manufactured homes are only one option, and they are only utilized when all other options have been exhausted.
There are several stages in the process before a household will be offered a manufactured housing unit.
Registration and Inspection
An applicant registers with FEMA. During the registration process, the applicant provides FEMA with initial information about the impact of the disaster on their property and their current housing status. The applicant’s damaged dwelling is visited by an inspector and levels of damage are recorded.
Financial Housing Assistance
A determination of eligibility for FEMA financial housing assistance is made based on the inspector’s report. Eligible displaced households who do not have insurance to cover their temporary housing requirement are provided with rental assistance.
Direct Housing Eligibility determination
When there are not enough available rental resources within a reasonable commuting distance, FEMA will look at the need to conduct a Direct Housing Assessment.
Based on the results of the Direct Housing Assessment FEMA can authorize Direct Temporary Housing Assistance in the form of Manufactured Housing Units (MHUs), at the request of the state.
Criteria for Direct Housing is based on the recorded level of damage to the home, the expected duration of displacement and other factors. Households who meet the criteria are contacted by a FEMA applicant services specialist to discuss the current status of their housing plan and eligibility for a FEMA manufactured home.
If a manufactured home is identified as the right solution, the placement process takes time. The timeframe will vary for each individual applicant, as every situation is different.
Pre-disaster homeowners will be offered an option to place a unit on their property; FEMA will also lease pads on commercial parks where available for eligible renters and owners with infeasible sites.
FEMA Housing Assistance, both financial and direct, can be provided for up 18 months for survivors with a continuing need and in adherence to continuing eligibility requirements.
Check WRAL.com’s database for information about road closures, shelters and emergency response for individual North Carolina counties.
A toll-free legal aid hotline is now available for victims of Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina. Call 1-800-662-7407 to be matched with North Carolina lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal help. The hotline is available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Farmers who have an agricultural emergency can call 1-866-645-9403, and can find additional information online.
Published: 2016-10-07 21:29:00
Updated: 2016-10-19 18:11:08