Deadline to apply for FEMA's Florence disaster assistance extended to Dec. 19

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— The deadline to apply for Florence disaster assistance has been extended six days to Dec. 19, and Gov. Roy Cooper is urging North Carolinians to seek aid.

“We want to make sure that our hurricane survivors get the help they need to get their lives back on track,” said the governor. “I urge anyone impacted by Hurricane Florence to register with FEMA right away.”

Hurricane Florence made landfall on Sept. 14 and has since caused billions of dollars of damage to local homes and business. In the aftermath of the storm, approximately 5,000 people were rescued from storm ravaged areas and 4,325 homes were destroyed in New Bern as of Sept. 24.

More than $1 billion has been approved to aid North Carolinians affected by the storm. The money included FEMA grants to individuals and households along with National Flood Insurance Program payments, the U.S. Small Business Administration loans to local businesses, as well as other forms of assistance.

The governor’s office also added that more North Carolinians could receive aid, but they must apply.

Originally, the deadline to apply for the disaster assistance program was Thursday, Dec. 13. But, it was extended Cooper’s request.

“Applying with FEMA is the key to getting help with short-term housing and long-term recovery,” Governor Cooper said. “If you suffered from Florence and have waited to ask for help, don’t wait any longer. Sign up with FEMA today.”

People who register for FEMA will be eligible for multiple assistance programs including individual loans, housing help and/or low interest loans.

Victims of the Hurricane with uninsured losses can apply for aid by following of one the steps below:

  • Call the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY) from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. multilingual operators are available.
  • Go online to
  • Download the FEMA mobile app.
  • Visit a Disaster Recovery Center. To find center locations and hours, go online to, or download the FEMA mobile app or the ReadyNC app.