We’ve compiled a list of helpful federal, state, and local resources that are here to help anyone still in need of assistance to their property due to Hurricane Florence. Although this list is compiled for those who are struggling to find help during this difficult time- please remember that all of these organizations are in need of assistance and donations all the time- not just during a crisis. If you were fortunate to not have any damage, please consider giving to these programs in any way possible to help your neighbors bounce back from this catastrophic event.
Non-Profit & Government Organizations
NC Baptist Men & Women
Although all big feeding kitchens have closed, this organization is still distributing cleaning supplies, non-perishable items/canned food, diapers, baby formula, etc.. The disbursement of of these items is handled out of their warehouse in Red Springs. The disaster was so big in some areas that they are setting up three different rebuild center sites where volunteers can be housed and fed. Home rebuilding hubs will plan to be in effect for 2-3 years and thousands of volunteers will be called upon to help get as many people back into their homes as possible. To apply for rebuilding assistance from the NC Baptists on a Mission Program, please visit this link and apply today. https://baptistsonmission.org/Mission-Projects/By-Mission-Type/Disaster-Relief/Hurricane-Florence/Homeowner-Assistance
Federal Emergency Management Association
The deadline to apply for FEMA grants is quickly approaching. The organization is also providing temporary housing for those who qualify. To date, the Federal Program as allocated over $743 Million on the Ground in North Carolina to assist over 21,000 families. You can Find Assistance, and Apply Online easily online. If you haven’t already provided your information, or spoken to a representative- please call the FEMA Hlepline at (800) 621-3362 or visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/
U.S Small Business Administration
The SBA provides a number of different typed disaster loans to those affected from National Disasters. You can apply online for these services by emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org or visitng https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/ApplyOnline to contact the Customer Service Center by phone, call 1-800-462-7585. Keep in mind that you will have to repay these loans at some point, but they can be a great way to get your home or business back up and running if it’s suffered any damage. These loans are available to anyone, including non-business owners.
Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
If you were displaced or forced to relocate from Hurricane damages, you may still be able to receive assistance purchasing food for you and your family. Food Bank CENC has coordinated with Partner Agencies across the state, stocking up on food, water and other household supplies. To gather more information on the availability of these programs in your area, visit their website at http://blog.foodbankcenc.org/wordpress/find-help-hurricane-florence/
Free Legal Aid Assistance
A toll-free hotline providing pro-bono legal advice is now available for victims of dectruction from Hurricane Florence. The service is a partnership between the NC Bar Association Young Lawyers Division & FEMA, with additional support provided by the NC Bar Foundation. Anyone in need of assistance can call 1-833-242-3549 and ask for Disaster Legal Services and identify as someone with Hurricane Related property damage within your specific county. The hotline is available weekday between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
NC Department of Public Safety
The NC STEP (Sheltering & Temporary Essential Power) Program provides basic and partial repairs to help homeowners with minor Hurricane damage get back into a safe, clean and secure home as quickly as possible. The STEP Program won’t be making complete repairs on your home, but will aim to allow you and your family to return to living in your home so that you all can return to work, school, and other community events. Here is an easy link to sign-up for assistance from the NC STEP program- https://plexosoft.ncstepflorence.com/#/login
Local Vendors, Contractors, etc..
Below, we’ve provided our list of qualified local vendors for roofing and Mitigation crews. We hope that this information is beneficial to you, please feel free to share it with your friends and neighbors that also may have suffered from property damage due to hurricane Florence. If there’s anything we can do to be of assistance throughout the recovery process, please let us know.