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North Carolina Hurricane Florence 2018

HURRICANE FLORENCE HELP FOR PEOPLE IN NORTH CAROLINA

Disaster Legal Hotline: 1-833-242-3549

Hurricane winds and floods affected areas in North Carolina beginning on September 7, 2018, and continuing. On September 15, 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of North Carolina to supplement  state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected during this period. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. People in the following counties are eligible to receive federal disaster assistance: 

  • Anson, Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Chatham, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Durham, Greene, Guilford, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Union, Wayne, and Wilson

For DR-4393, assistance for affected individuals and families is available and people are urged to apply through FEMA.

Disaster Number: 4393

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

Registration with FEMA for Disaster Assistance Extended to December 13, 2018
USDA – 
Disaster Assistance Available
Please see here.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance October 18, 2018
Appeal Your FEMA Decision Within 60 days of the date on the determination letter


Key resources for those impacted by this disaster

GOVERNMENT DISASTER RELIEF BENEFITS

Residents and businesses affected by this disaster can apply for government disaster relief benefits in several ways:

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
  • On the FEMA Mobile App, or by
  • Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages. Deadline to apply with FEMA is November 14, 2018.
  • For official news and press releases related to this disaster, please visit FEMA's News & Updates- North Carolina Hurricane Florence.
  • Note: Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process.
  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA): The Division of Employment Security (DES) has announced that the following counties have been approved for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) due to the effects of Hurricane Florence: Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Lenoir, Jones, Robeson, Sampson, and Wayne. Additional counties may be added to the DUA availability designation at a later date. Individuals from these counties who are affected by the disaster, and are unable to continue working, must file an application for benefits within 30 days from September 18, 2018 – or, by October 18, 2018. Workers who became unemployed as a direct result of the effects of Hurricane Florence impacting North Carolina may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits under the DUA program. Business owners affected by the storm may also qualify for benefits. Click here for a full press release.
  • Veterans Benefit Administration - Special Relief Following Hurricane Florence 
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Farm Service Agency News Disaster Assistance Available

LEGAL ASSISTANCE AND RESOURCES

  • CALL - A TOLL-FREE LEGAL AID HOTLINE is now available for survivors of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina. The service, which allows callers to request the assistance of a lawyer free of charge, is a partnership between the North Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyers Division with support from the North Carolina Bar Foundation, Legal Aid of North Carolina, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Survivors of Hurricane Florence who have disaster-related legal questions or concerns may call 1--833-242-3549. Callers should identify that they are seeking hurricane related legal assistance, ask for Disaster Legal Services and identify the county in which they are located. Survivors who qualify for assistance will be matched with North Carolina lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal help.Click here for the full press release
  • For legal assistance and other disaster recovery information, please visit:
  • ABA Free Legal Answers: https://nc.freelegalanswers.org/
  • Legal Aid North Carolina: ​Free legal assistance available for North Carolina survivors of Hurricane Florence
  • North Carolina Bar Association: Hurricane Resources
  • United Policyholders: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Florence Recovery Help
  • ABA Disaster Legal Services Program: Through the Disaster Legal Services Program, the ABA Young Lawyers Division (ABA-YLD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provide immediate temporary legal assistance to disaster survivors at no charge. Please visit their page for other disaster recovery resources. 
  • If you need to appeal a FEMA denial on your own, please see here to get an interactive form to appeal and letter requesting a copy of your file.
  • For Frequently Asked Questions about FEMA appeals, please click here.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest on the News page.
  • Help After a Disaster: FEMA's Guide for the Individual Applicants
  • You might get a call about applying for an SBA loan.  Listen!

RESOURCES FOR VETERANS

  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Hurricane Florence Updates 
  • Hotlines are managed by the VA Health Resource Center. The call center will connect Veterans and employees in real time with the resources they need in a disaster.

    Veteran Disaster Hotline Number: 1-800-507-4571

    Employee Disaster Hotline Number: 1-866-233-0152

    VBA Hotline Number: 1-800-827-1000

    Pharmacy Customer Care: 1- 866-400-1243

    Vet Center/Counseling: 1-877-WAR-VETS

OTHER RESOURCES THAT CAN HELP

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Weathering the Storm:  Disaster Preparedness for Pro Bono Attorneys - 90 minute YouTube video from Legal Aid of North Carolina

The Supreme Court of North Carolina issued an administrative order allowing lawyers licensed in other states but not in North Carolina to temporarily register with the North Carolina State Bar and begin providing pro bono legal services to indigent residents of the state who are victims of Hurricane Florence. Temporary practice of law in North Carolina pursuant to this order terminates on January 16, 2018

For the Disaster Legal Services (DLS): Volunteer Attorney Sign-Up Form, CLICK HERE

Hurricane Florence hit North and South Carolina on Sept. 14, 2018, bringing high winds and flooding and devasting damage. Civil legal aid organizations needed to quickly identify and reach out to the most impacted individuals to provide valuable services in their time of need.

Organizations from both states reached out to SRLN to collaborate on a joint project to explain the importance of civil legal aid in a successful disaster recovery and identify which populations were most impacted. SRLN staff leveraged existing demographic data and geographic information systems (GIS) technology to rapidly create a series of story maps to deliver much-needed information out to legal aid organizations and decision makers.

Organizations from both states reached out to SRLN to collaborate on a joint project to explain the importance of civil legal aid in a successful disaster recovery and identify which populations were most impacted. SRLN staff leveraged existing demographic data and geographic information systems (GIS) technology to rapidly create a series of story maps to deliver much-needed information out to legal aid organizations and decision makers. For the Interactive Story Map, CLICK HERE