FEMA mobile centers set up in counties across the East

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Following Florence, residents across the East are on the road to recovery.

Some are taking the next step by going to FEMA mobile registration intake centers.

People in Craven County can get help registering for federal disaster assistance this week in Havelock.

The center located behind Havelock City Hall opened Monday, and it is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Anyone with home damage can visit the FEMA mobile center and start the registration process.

FEMA agents will help people get registered, get a claim number, and set up an appointment for an assessor to come to your property and view damages firsthand.

“There are areas in Havelock that flooded have never flooded before so as a result they are not in a flood plain, and there is no requirement to have insurance, so they don’t” Mayor Will Lewis said. “FEMA’s role is to come in and try to help mitigate that.”

Lewis said FEMA can help people get grant money or loans through the Small Business Administration. 

“The SBA works for the federal government for disaster relief, so they will expedite loans for people at a low interest rate,” Lewis said. “I know there was a lot of questions across the city like ‘I was denied for my FEMA claim because I already have homeowners insurance,’ which is true, but these people will explain after your homeowners insurance pays or doesn’t pay they can help you with the remainder of the balance.”

People should take their social security number, annual income and bank information to the centers.

“It’s important citizens know FEMA is here to help and that if they have been denied on a claim, they should appeal that or come up here and talk to one of the agents because they do want to help survivors of the storm,” Lewis said.

The center in Havelock will remain open through Friday at 7 p.m., but they said they may stay longer if there is a need for them to do.

There is another FEMA mobile registration intake center in Carteret County.

It is located at the health department in Morehead City.

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