Updated at 10:08 a.m.

Survivors of Hurricane Florence who do not have the option of returning home may be able to seek temporary housing at participating hotels and motels.

FEMA is offering Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) to fill the gap of time until those eligible for the service are able to find more permanent housing, according to a press release from the organization. TSA is being offered to survivors in Onslow, Carteret, Craven and Pender counties.

To be considered for TSA, survivors must apply for disaster assistance, and be referred to FEMA for Individuals and Households Program (IHP) assistance; pass identity verification; pass occupancy verification; have a primary residence located in an area designated for TSA; indicate home damage during registration due to Hurricane Florence; report damage that occurred within the incident period for Hurricane Florence; report a cause of damage that corresponds with impacts associated with Hurricane Florence; and not be linked with another valid registration for disaster assistance.

In addition, workers (including the self-employed) from these counties who are unemployed as a result of the storm may apply for unemployment assistance under the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program.

According to a press release from the Town of Swansboro, the program applies to survivors who would not regularly qualify for unemployment benefits.

To apply for FEMA or to learn more about the TSA program call 800-621-FEMA.

For more information on the DUA program visit the des.nc.gov/des.


Assistance will begin this week in Onslow County for eligible families who lost food due to the disaster.

The Disaster Food & Nutrition Services (DFNS/DSNAP) will start Friday, Sept. 28, according to information posted on the Onslow County government Facebook page.

Those who do not currently receive food stamps have to apply in person during one of the designated times for disaster food stamps assistance. To apply, bring a form of identification to the Consolidated Human Services Agency at 612 College St. in Jacksonville at one of these time:

Friday, Sept. 28, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 1 and Friday, Oct. 5, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 2 through Thursday, Oct. 4, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Those who already receive food stamps do not have to apply. They will receive replacement benefits on the card beginning Thursday, Sept. 27. If replacement benefits have not been issued on an active EBT card on Thursday, call the Department of Social Services at 910-455-4145 or stop by the agency during business hours.