skip to content

National Disaster Legal Aid

 This resource page is for people affected by the North Carolina winds, storms, and floods in April 2018. Disaster legal information related to Hurricane Florence will be posted in the event that Disaster Legal Services is implemented in a federally declared disaster area and a legal hotline is made available to disaster survivors. For information on how to prepare, please visit our Disaster Preparedness page or

Tornado & Severe Storms Help for People in North Carolina

Disaster Legal Hotline: 1-833-242-3549

A tornado and severe storms struck North Carolina on April 15, 2018 and winds, storms and flooding affected two counties in the state. On May 9, 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 and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and a tornado during this period.

This makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the state of North Carolina. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, unemployment assistance, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. Individual assistance is available for affected people in the following areas:

  • Guilford County
  • Rockingham County

For DR-4364, assistance for affected individuals and families is available and people are urged to apply through FEMA. 

North Carolina Tornado and Severe Storms Disaster Number: 4364

Important Deadlines

Registration with FEMA for Disaster Assistance *Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster Loan Process July 9, 2018
Appeal Your FEMA Decision Within 60 days of the date on the determination letter

Key resources for those impacted by the Storms and Tornado

Government Disaster Relief Benefits

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

  • Online at
  • 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.
  • Local Resources: Please visit Ready NC and Rebuild NC for more information on state and local disaster resources. 
  • Please watch for updates on FEMA's website.
  • For official news and press releases related to these storms, please visit FEMA's News & Updates-North Carolina Tornado & Storms page.
  • Note: Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process.
  • State Using Emails to Alert Hurricane Victims of Funding - The new outreach effort aims to alert homeowners in areas affected by the hurricane that financial assistance may be available to them through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery program.

Legal Assistance

For legal assistance and information, please visit:

  • North Carolina Bar Association: List of Resources for Legal Assistance
  • LawHelpNC: A site that serves as a guide to free and low-cost civil legal aid, assistance & services in North Carolina. You can get basic information here about your legal rights, learn where to go for legal aid and assistance, and find out about other community resources.
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina: Legal Aid of North Carolina is a statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers to economic opportunity.
  • 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. 
  • North Carolina Free Legal Answers: Free Legal Answers is a virtual legal advice clinic. Qualifying users post their civil legal question to their state's website. Users will then be emailed when their question receives a response. 
  • 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!

Other Resources That Can Help

Related News

For recent news related to legal aid & North Carolina's recovery please click here