FEMA Registration Deadline Today– Disaster Recovery Center to Stay Open Through January
In order to be potentially eligible for individual assistance, residents must register with FEMA and the Small Business Administration by midnight tonight. Residents can register at DisasterAssistance.gov, call 800-621-3362 or visit the Disaster Recovery Center at Independence Mall located at 3500 Oleander Dr., Wilmington until 6 p.m.
FEMA’s last day at the Disaster Recovery Center will be Thursday, December 20. Remaining at the Disaster Recovery Center through the end of January 2019 will be the Small Business Administration, Hope4NC Crisis Counseling and NC Emergency Management Individual Assistance personnel to help residents with updating their records in order to continue receiving assistance. Hours of operation will continue to be Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
“We are grateful for the work that FEMA has provided our community since Hurricane Florence struck in September,” said New Hanover County Hurricane Florence Recovery Manager Beth Schrader. “Our residents will still need assistance for a little while longer, and we are delighted that other partners will stay in place through January at the Disaster Recovery Center to provide our residents with the support they need to continue to recover.”
Businesses can also seek assistance from the Small Business Administration at the Business Recovery Center located at the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce at One Estell Lee Place through Thursday, December 20. On Friday, December 21, SBA business recovery operations will be solely located at the Disaster Recovery Center in Independence Mall. Several key dates for businesses: December 19, 2018 is the deadline to apply for the Business Physical Damage Disaster Loan, and June 14, 2019 is the deadline for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan. For more information visit the SBA website.
Hurricane Repairs & Permits Fee Update
Emergency residential building repairs on a single family residence do not require a building permit if the cost of the repairs is $15,000 or less and if the work does not include structural repairs. However, electrical, mechanical, and/or plumbing work requires permits under the state building code. Through December 31, 2018, the county’s Building Safety Department will continue to issue those trade permits at no cost for hurricane damage repairs. Beginning January 2, 2019, the Building Safety Department will resume collecting fees. Building Safety fees can be found here. Visit the Building Safety website for additional details.
Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs
FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs can help property owners relocate, elevate homes or rebuild homes because of damages from Hurricane Florence. New Hanover County is facilitating the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program application process in coordination with the State of North Carolina and FEMA for property owners in the unincorporated areas of the county. Residents can receive information and assistance with applying for these programs by contacting the New Hanover County Hurricane Florence Recovery Coordination Office at 910-798-7007, or by visiting the office on the Military Cutoff side of the Northeast Library, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Application deadlines are program specific over the coming weeks and months, and can be found at HurricaneRecovery.NHCgov.com.
Debris Collection Update
New Hanover County has collected approximately 1,244,935 cubic yards of vegetative debris and 76,201 cubic yards of construction debris in the unincorporated areas of the county as of Tuesday, December 18. The second and final pass of debris collection is underway. Residents with ongoing rebuilding projects producing debris in the coming weeks should contact New Hanover County’s Hurricane Recovery Coordination Office for guidance and assistance by Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Some residents in the unincorporated areas of the county may be eligible for an additional debris pick-up for projects underway, but they must call 910-798-7007 or visit HurricaneRecovery.NHCgov.com to register.
Residents and contractors can bring debris to the landfill at 5210 Highway 421 North in Wilmington. The landfill is open Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 6:30 a.m. – noon. The landfill disposal fees are $30 per ton for vegetative debris and $48 per ton for demolition debris. Additional information, including a progress map of debris collection, can be viewed at Recycling.NHCgov.com.
Learn more about Hurricane Florence recovery and sign up for updates at HurricaneRecovery.NHCgov.com.