Disaster Relief Information
- The Disaster Assistance Improvement Program provides disaster survivors with information, support, services, and a means to access and apply for federal disaster assistance.
- The United Way provides a hotline for individuals looking for help in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, or Virginia related to the hurricane. Call 2-1-1 from any landline or mobile phone to speak to a specialist with storm-related inquiries.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service approved a temporary waiver that will allow participants in the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in North Carolina to buy hot foods with their benefits through Oct. 31. Plus, households that may not normally be eligible under regular SNAP rules may qualify for food assistance through the Disaster SNAP program if they meet the disaster income limits and have qualifying disaster-related expenses.
More than 8,000 remain in shelters throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. More than 3,000 volunteer, non-governmental and faith-based disaster workers are on the ground, and additional volunteers are being mobilized now in case they are needed.
- Airbnb Open House allows evacuees to search for nearby housing offered by hosts who are opening up their homes for free.
- FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams are working in areas of North Carolina impacted by Florence. Those teams help survivors register for assistance, identify and address immediate and emerging needs, and make referrals to other local, state and voluntary agencies to best meet survivors’ needs.
- FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program is allowing advanced payments to policyholders on their flood insurance claims. When a policyholder contacts their insurer, the policyholder can receive an advance payment of up to $5,000 on a flood claim, without an adjuster visit or additional documentation.