(Updated Dec. 7)

BEAUFORT — The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Thursday the Disaster Recovery Center in Beaufort will permanently close at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Residents who still need to begin the application process for federal assistance through FEMA following Hurricane Florence must do so before the deadline, which falls on Thursday.

The county DRC, which offers in-person assistance, is located at the County Board of Elections office, 1702 Live Oak St. FEMA is permanently closing several of the state’s remaining disaster recovery centers ahead of the deadline to register with the agency for disaster assistance.

Until Wednesday evening, the center remains open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

According to the release, DRCs in Carteret, Cumberland and Pender counties will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, while those in Craven, Onslow and Robeson counties will close at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The DRC in New Hanover County at the Old Independence Mall, 3500 Oleander Drive in Wilmington, will remain open for the time being, according to the latest release.

Carteret County survivors may still register for assistance before Thursday’s deadline by:

•    Visiting the DRC in Beaufort prior to its closure Wednesday.

•    Calling the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 anytime from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.

•    Going online to DisasterAssistance.gov.

•    Downloading the FEMA or the ReadyNC mobile app.

Residents may also call the disaster assistance helpline to update contact information, ask questions about a letter from FEMA, get information about FEMA home inspections or learn how to appeal a FEMA decision.

For questions about a U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loan, residents may contact the SBA’s disaster assistance customer service center by calling 800-659-2955. Residents can also email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or visit the SBA’s website at sba.gov/disaster.

Those with unmet disaster-related needs may call the statewide referral service at 211 or text “Florence” to 898211.

(Previous report)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Thursday the Disaster Recovery Center in Beaufort will permanently close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12.

The center is located at the County Board of Elections office, 1702 Live Oak St. FEMA is permanently closing several of the state's remaining disaster recovery centers ahead of the Thursday, Dec. 13 deadline to register with the agency for Hurricane Florence disaster assistance.

Survivors may still register for assistance before the Dec. 13 deadline by:

  • Calling the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 anytime from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.
  • Going online to DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • Downloading the FEMA or the ReadyNC mobile app.

You may also call the disaster assistance helpline to update your contact information, ask questions about a letter from FEMA, get information about FEMA home inspections or learn how to appeal a FEMA decision.

If you have questions about a U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loan, you may contact SBA’s disaster assistance customer service center by calling 800-659-2955. You may also email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or visit SBA’s website at sba.gov/disaster.

If you have unmet disaster-related needs, you may call the statewide referral service at 211 or text Florence to 898211.

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