SBA grants Governor Cooper’s request for disaster declaration


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) The U.S. Small Business Administration granted Governor Cooper’s request for a disaster declaration for counties that suffered damages from Hurricane Dorian, making additional assistance available to residents there.

“The Small Business Administration’s approval of North Carolina’s disaster request is an important step to getting more resources to the people impacted by Hurricane Dorian,” said Governor Cooper.

At the Governor’s request, the SBA granted a disaster declaration for Carteret, Dare, Hyde, and New Hanover and the contiguous counties of Beaufort, Brunswick, Craven, Currituck, Jones, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Tyrrell, and Washington, allowing affected residents to apply for low-interest SBA disaster loans. 

“The SBA is strongly committed to providing the people of North Carolina with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist businesses of all sizes, homeowners, and renters with federal disaster loans,” said Pilkerton. Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at

Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or 1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, or by emailing

Loan application forms can also be downloaded at

SBA’s Customer Service Representatives will be available at the Disaster Loan Outreach Centers to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help individuals complete their applications.

The Centers are open as indicated:

All the offices open on Friday at 11 a.m.

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. / Saturday and October 26: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Closed: Sundays

Last Day: October 31 at 4 p.m.

Following this approval, the Governor intends to sign a state disaster declaration, offering state-funded grants to people who don’t meet the qualifications for an SBA loan.

A state disaster declaration is anticipated later this week.

The SBA disaster request and state disaster declaration follow FEMA’s denial of North Carolina’s request for Individual Assistance on October 8.

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