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Applying for FEMA assistance following Florence

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) - As communities continue to clean up after Hurricane Florence many home and business owners are in need of assistance.

FEMA is setting up shop in towns across the hardest hit areas.

Jeff Haney is a division supervisor for FEMA who worked in Eastern North Carolina following Hurricane Matthew.

Haney said, "I saw that the need was great. Greater this time than it was in Matthew."

After Hurricane Matthew FEMA approved 29,000 applications for people in North Carolina.

Currently, just over 10,000 have been approved for Florence relief.

Haney said, "If you do register and you are denied, without question appeal."

Many homeowners find themselves getting rejected when they apply.

Haney said that doesn't mean you can't get help.

Often a simple error or typo in the application can cause it to kick back.

Haney said, "You can appeal online, you can appeal on the phone, but if you are in front of someone and go face-to-face I beg you to do that."

Disaster Recovery Centers are popping up across the east.

FEMA said most people are applying online and the numbers are lower than expected.

Anyone can apply for aid from FEMA.

Renters with a landlord, homeowners with flood insurance, even those who have applied for assistance elsewhere can apply for help.

Haney said the first step is getting the word out and stressed the importance of applying early.

"I would beg of them to register and apply," said Haney.

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