The deadline for applying for disaster assistance from FEMA and the SBA has been extended.
The original deadline of Nov. 13 has been extended to Dec. 13, according to the SBA (Small Business Administration) public affairs specialist, Jacqueline Wu.
According to Wu, typically the state asks FEMA for an extension, and the deadline is something North Carolina keeps an eye on during the recovery process.
FEMA external affairs specialist Jann Tracey confirmed this, saying extensions are a joint decision between the state and FEMA.
“The request for a deadline shows his (N.C. Governor Roy Cooper) attentiveness in meeting people where they are and allowing both FEMA and SBA to do a thorough job in reaching out to as many people as possible,” Wu wrote in an email to The Daily News.
FEMA pays close attention to the number of homeowners and renters still registering for assistance on a daily basis, according to Tracey.
"The numbers indicate there are still people who may be eligible but have not yet registered," she wrote in an email to The Daily News.
According to Wu, there is still a lot of misinformation out in the community, and included a few highlights for those seeking or involved in the disaster assistance process, including the need to register with FEMA and complete the SBA application to be eligible for additional FEMA grants and benefits.
Applicants also do not need to wait for insurance to settle – processes that typically take two months – before applying for an SBA loan and should apply as soon as possible to begin the process.
As of Nov. 8, there have been 98,665 FEMA referrals to SBA in North Carolina and more than $267.6 million approved through the SBA, according to Wu.
In Onslow County, more than $31.2 million has been approved for recovery assistance through SBA, and $46.7 million has been approved for Craven. Lenoir has $1.7 million and Jones $11.4 million while Carteret County has had $29 million approved.